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James Collin
University of Edinburgh
S. Orestis Palermos
Cardiff University
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Within contemporary philosophy of mind, it is taken for granted that externalist accounts of meaning and mental content are, in principle, orthogonal to the matter of whether cognition itself is bound within the biological brain or whether it can constitutively include parts of the world. Accordingly, Clark and Chalmers :7–19, 1998) distinguish these varieties of externalism as ‘passive’ and ‘active’ respectively. The aim here is to suggest that we should resist the received way of thinking about these dividing lines. With reference to Brandom’s broad semantic inferentialism, we show that a theory of meaning can be at the same time a variety of active externalism. While we grant that supporters of other varieties of content externalism can deny active externalism, this is not an option for semantic inferentialists: On this latter view, the role of the environment is not ‘passive’ in the sense assumed by the alternative approaches to content externalism.
Keywords Active externalism  Extended cognition  Semantic inferentialism
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