Mental Muscles and the Extended Will

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In the wake of Clark and Chalmers famous argument for extended cognition some people have argued that will power equally can extend into the environment (e.g. Heath and Anderson in The thief of time: philosophical essays on procrastination. Oxford University Press, New York, pp 233–252, 2010). In a recent paper Fabio Paglieri (Consciousness in interaction: the role of the natural and social context in shaping consciousness. John Benjamins, Amsterdam, pp 179–206, 2012) provides an interesting argument to the effect that there might well be extended self control, but that will power does not lend itself to extension. This paper argues that Paglieri is right in claiming that previous attempts to extend the will are flawed. It then provides an argument for extending the will that does not fall foul of Paglieri’s argument and actually provides us with an even stronger case for extension than the one that Clark and Chalmers provide for cognition.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-65
Number of pages9
Issue number1
Early online date20 Sept 2013
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Willpower
  • Self control
  • Managerial control
  • Holton
  • Extended cognition
  • Mental muscle


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