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    Extended cognition, personal responsibility, and relational autonomy
    Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 9 (4): 645-671. 2010.
    The Hypothesis of Extended Cognition (HEC)—that many cognitive processes are carried out by a hybrid coalition of neural, bodily and environmental factors—entails that the intentional states that are reasons for action might best be ascribed to wider entities of which individual persons are only parts. I look at different kinds of extended cognition and agency, exploring their consequences for concerns about the moral agency and personal responsibility of such extended entities. Can extended ent…Read more
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    Thoughts and oughts
    Philosophical Explorations 11 (2). 2008.
    Many now accept the thesis that norms are somehow constitutively involved in people's contentful intentional states. I distinguish three versions of this normative thesis that disagree about the type of norms constitutively involved. Are they objective norms of correctness, subjective norms of rationality, or intersubjective norms of social practices? I show the advantages of the third version, arguing that it improves upon the other two versions, as well as incorporating their principal insight…Read more
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    Since people can often successfully interpret utterances that flout or ignore conventions, Davidson concludes that shared conventions are neither necessary nor sufficient for linguistic interpretation. This conclusion is based on an overly narrow conception of what it is to know, and to share, a language. Rather than, as Davidson argues, simply interpreting the meaning the speaker intends their words to be interpreted as having , successful interpretation requires interpreting the illocutionary …Read more
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    Distancing Kantian ethics and politics from Kant's views on women
    Minerva - An Internet Journal of Philosophy 6 (1). 2002.
    Kant has recently been hailed as a radical precursor to contemporary feminism, yet one can easily find a deep-seated conservative misogyny in what Kant actually wrote about women. For instance, marriage automatically makes the wife the servant of her husband, and Kant automatically excludes women from active citizenship. One of my aims here is to –as much as is possible– make sense of the tension between the focus on equality, universality, respect for persons and autonomy in Kant’s overall phil…Read more
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    The normativity problem: Evolution and naturalized semantics
    Journal of Mind and Behavior 29 (1-2): 99-137. 2008.
    Representation is a pivotal concept in cognitive science, yet there is a serious obstacle to a naturalistic account of representations’ semantic content and intentionality. A representation having a determinate semantic content distinguishes correct from incorrect representation. But such correctness is a normative matter. Explaining how such norms can be part of a naturalistic cognitive science is what I call the normativity problem. Teleosemantics attempts to naturalize such norms by showing t…Read more
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    Intentionality in Action: Looking for "Life" in All the Wrong Places
    Dissertation, University of Alberta (Canada). 2000.
    Here I outline an "embodied action" approach to Cognitive Science, whose central assumption is that human beings are essentially embodied, embedded in a world and situated in a social context. I present a naturalized account of intentionality from this perspective. ;I give a normative account of language-use, as the performance of speech acts as moves within shared norm-governed practices. I then show how the normative practice of giving reasons for actions licenses us to attribute intentional s…Read more
  • Kant has recently been hailed as a radical precursor to contemporary feminism , yet onecan easily find a deep-seated conservative misogyny in what Kant actually wrote about women. For instance,marriage automatically makes the wife the servant of her husband, and Kant automatically excludes women fromactive citizenship. One of my aims here is to –as much as is possible– make sense of the tension between the focuson equality, universality, respect for persons and autonomy in Kant’s overall philoso…Read more