Ronald Giere's Distributed Cognition in Thinking


Ronald N. Giere was one of the most important promoters of the cognitive approach to philosophy of science from his work Explaining Science: A Cognitive Approach (1988), within the framework of the naturalizing program in philosophy. For Giere, the idea of distributed cognition acquires special relevance from the work of the cognitive anthropologist Edwin Hutchins in Cognition in the Wild (1995). The objective of this approach to Giere’s thought is to address some of the ideas that are in the background of the publications whose hardcore is distributed cognition, such as epistemic culture, cognition and mind, agency, the relationship between the cognitive and the social and computation.
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Anderson, Chris. (2008). The end of theory: The data deluge makes the scientific method obsolete. Wired Magazine, 16(7), 16-17.

Brock, Ian C., Schörner-Sadenius, Thomas (eds.). (2011). Physics at the terascale. Weinheim: Wiley-VCH.

Datta, Amitava, Mukhopadhyaya, Biswarup, Raychaudhuri, Amitava (eds.). (2011). Physics at the large hadron collider. New York: Springer.

Giere, Ronald N. (2002a). Discussion note: Distributed cognition in epistemic cultures. Philosophy of Science, 69, 637-644.

Giere, Ronald N. (2002b). Scientific cognition as distributed cognition. En P. Carruthers, S. Stich, M. Siegal (eds.), The cognitive basis of science (pp. 285-299). Cambridge University Press.

Giere, Ronald N. (2003). The role of computation in scientific cognition. Journal of Experimental & Theoretical Artificial Intelligence, 15(2), 195-202.

Giere, Ronald N. (2004). The Problem of Agency in Scientific Distributed Cognitive Systems. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 4(3-4), 759-774.

Giere, Ronald N. (2007). Distributed Cognition Without Distributed Knowing. Social Epistemology, 21(3), 313-320.

Cetina, Karin K. (2009). Epistemic cultures: How the sciences make knowledge. Harvard University Press.

Vallverdú, Jordi (2009). Computational epistemology and e-science. A new way of thinking. Minds and Machines, 19, 557-567.

Wolfram, Stephen (2002). A new kind of science (Vol. 5, p. 130). Champaign, IL: Wolfram media.
Casacuberta, D., & Estany, A. (2021). Ronald Giere’s Distributed Cognition in Thinking. ArtefaCToS. Revista De Estudios Sobre La Ciencia Y La tecnología, 10(1), 11–19.


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