Putnam’s Problem of the Robot and Extended Minds

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In this paper, I consider Hilary Putnam’s argument for the prima facie acceptance of robotic consciousness as deserving the status of mind. I argue that such an extension of consciousness renders the category fundamentally unintelligible, and we should instead understand robots as integral products of an extended human consciousness. To this end, I propose a test from conceptual object permanence, which can be applied not just to robots, but to the innumerable artifacts of consciousness that texture our existences.

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Jacob Berk
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The Extended Mind.Andy Clark & David J. Chalmers - 1998 - Analysis 58 (1):7-19.
Robots: Machines or Artificially Created Life?Hilary Putman & Hilary Putnam - 1964 - Journal of Philosophy 61 (21):668-691.

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