Bringing History to Mind

Our eight recorded seminars have clearly got people thinking about how ideas from the contemporary distributed cognition framework relate to various historical precursors, analogues and expressions of those ideas. Here are just three of the connections that have been made in the online discussions. Firstly, it has been proposed that ancient experiences of theatre and oratory may be illuminated using the concept of the socially extended individual mind.

Welcome to HDC

The History of Distributed Cognition Project marks an intervention in both modern and historical notions of cognition. Recent research in philosophy of mind and cognitive science calls for a reappraisal of historical concepts of cognition due to the increasing evidence that cognition is distributed across brain, body and world.


Distributed Cognition in the Analytic and Continental Traditions

Prof Michael Wheeler
Stirling University


Dr Ruth Hibbert

Assistant Lecturer
University of Kent

Ruth Hibbert recently completed a PhD in the department of philosophy at the University of Kent in Canterbury. Her thesis is entitled ‘Are there any Situated Cognition Concepts of Memory Functioning as Investigative Kinds in the Sciences of Memory?’ “Situated cognition” is used here as an umbrella term, subsuming extended, embedded, embodied, enacted and distributed cognition.

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