Supersizing the Mind: Embodiment, Action, and Cognitive E... and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
  • List Price: $19.95
  • Save: $2.77 (14%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by
Gift-wrap available.
Supersizing the Mind: Emb... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Good | Details
Sold by nettextstore
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Books have varying amounts of wear and highlighting. Usually ships within 24 hours in quality packaging. Satisfaction guaranteed. Books have varying amounts of wear, highlighting and may not include CD. Usually ships within 2 business days in quality packaging. Satisfaction guaranteed. This item may not include any CDs, Infotracs, Access cards or other supplementary material. May also not indude dust jacket. Satisfaction guaranteed! Before leaving negitive feedback please contact us.
Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for $2.01
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Supersizing the Mind: Embodiment, Action, and Cognitive Extension (Philosophy of Mind) Paperback – December 31, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0199773688 ISBN-10: 0199773688

Buy New
Price: $17.18
36 New from $17.15 26 Used from $9.48
Amazon Price New from Used from
"Please retry"
"Please retry"
$17.15 $9.48
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Amazon Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student

Best Books of the Year
See the Best Books of 2014
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2014's Best Books of the Year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.

Frequently Bought Together

Supersizing the Mind: Embodiment, Action, and Cognitive Extension (Philosophy of Mind) + Cognition in the Wild (Bradford Books)
Price for both: $53.27

Buy the selected items together
If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $2.99 (Save 65%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.

Hero Quick Promo
Save up to 90% on Textbooks
Rent textbooks, buy textbooks, or get up to 80% back when you sell us your books. Shop Now

Product Details

  • Series: Philosophy of Mind
  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (December 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199773688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199773688
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"brilliant...[providing] the best argument I've seen for the idea that minds are smeared over more space than neuroscience might have us believe" --New Scientist

"Supersizing the Mind is an important book for cognitive-science theorists of all stripes.... Although traditional and radical theorists are likely to remain unconvinced, there can be no doubt that Supersizing the Mind will set the terms for many of the coming debates." --Times Literary Supplement

" offers original thinking in the philosophy of mind, and it is highly recommended for academic collections in that subject." --Library Journal

"In Supersizing the Mind, philosopher Andy Clark makes the compelling argument that the mind extends beyond the body to include the tools, symbols and other artefacts we deploy to engage the world.... Supersizing the Mind is a treat to read. It is brimming with remarkable ideas, novel insights and amusing language." --Nature

About the Author

Andy Clark is Professor of Philosophy, Edinburgh University. Author of Being There, and Natural Born Cyborgs.

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Andy Clark's unfortunately-titled Supersizing the Mind sounds at first like some sort of awful self-help book, like one of those "play Bach for baby in the womb" treatises.

But of course it is nothing like that. It is the latest of the prolific Clark's manifestos in support of what is more generally known as the Situated Cognition Movement [cf. The Cambridge Handbook of Situated Cognition], of which he is a founder. It is expansive and well-written.

Without wading into the detail (which, n.b., you will have to do if you read the book) this movement looks at the mind in the context of not only the brain but also the body and the environment in which the body wanders. It presents a strong contrast to computational models of the mind that are mostly about abstract representations and algorithms, i.e., Turing Machine implementations of intelligence.

I am sympathetic to Clark's approach and so did not read Supersizing the Mind as critically as I might have. If you are interested in understanding where some of the key arguments in modern cognitive science reside, I can recommend this book wholeheartedly. Clark does a clear and fair job of explaining both himself and his critics.

But it is important to remember that Supersizing the Mind represents a point in time. In five years the field will have moved on in terms of research and challenges to both old and new approaches to understanding intelligence. So get it while you can; otherwise wait for Clark's next.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
35 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Lee Frank on December 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
One of the common failings of philosophy books is they try to do too much. Often the urge to prove everything is driven by the need to prove one's self, a justification of one's current philosophical position, sometimes of a whole career. "Supersizing the Mind" is not only an exception, it is an exceptional achievement in the breadth and depth of its scholarship and the concise quality of its exposition. Clark successfully makes the case for the Extended Mind -- and defends it equally well against its critics. He achieves this in little more than two hundred pages. A writer with less ability and more ego might have imposed (literally) the gravitas of a thousand pages to parade the extent of his erudition. If I have any criticism, it's that Clark writes too well to bury his insights beneath a mountain of references. The book contains so many enjoyable sentences, I wish he would produce another work filled with more of these and fewer endnotes. I suspect there is an audience for such a non-academic paper; perhaps a long Wired article. It would advance the popular case for the Extended Mind. Meanwhile, read "Supersizing the Mind." The quality of Clark's writing alone makes it worthwhile.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
40 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Mason D. Kelsey on January 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
One of the tricks in philosophy is to take a vague concept and pump the hell out of it. The mind is one of those dangerously vague folk psychology concepts along with self, consciousness, awareness, and most of the buzz words in Cognitive Science. So what one seeks to do is to whittle down the concept to get the bark off and find the essential core. Then and only then does it seem legitimate for one to work on what it would mean to extend it, whatever "it" is. But how long do we have to wait for the 'reductionist' Churchlands to whittle things down and solve that riddle?

Andy Clark has, by the accident of our history, been handed a hot potato in that mind is one of those "it"s that no one knows really what it is. So it is essential that we move to the biological neurological explanation of what "it" is as best we can. That is not what Andy is doing here, and he knows it. But what's the man to do? The problem is that mind appears to be a supervened phenomena which you are not likely to find in some lobe in the brain. Given that, what Andy has done is to work with what we know about the mind so far and he does tap into a lot of empirican studies that have been completed over several decades.

And he also knows when to stop. For example, he mentions extension of the mind into society, a social sense of the extended mind, but leaves that topic for a later book. Just as well as Alvin Goldman and Frederique de Vignemont are already guarding the gates to that temple with their rejection of the Embodiment of Mind in Society. It will take some interesting new arguments, perhaps from an evolutionary anthropological point of view (Sarah Blaffer Hrdy?) to find a way in.

They are not alone.
Read more ›
4 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MotionlessArrival on August 20, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book doesn't do what I thought it would. I presumed it would be developing the evidence and arguments for extended and situated cognition - following on from Clark and Chalmer's influential paper of 1998 - but most of it instead lays out reaction to that initial excursion and appears considerably more conservative.

Now I review the contents page, I can see that this withdrawal toward the traditional position is actually part of the structure of the book. Section I: From Embodiment to Cognitive Extension is a progressive deployment of cognition outward, into the `external' world. Sections II and III, however: Boundary Disputes and The Limits of Embodiment - that is from page 85 to 217, i.e. the rest of the book - mostly review, and to a large part concur with, arguments against the cognitive excursion of the initial adventure. Indeed, by the concluding chapters, Clark is largely tempted to re-inter cognition; not only in the head but to some supervenary, inwardly contained executor, in withdrawal from embedded and extended engagement. Instead of supersizing the mind, he shrinks it, to:

`...a certain higher-level information processing poise, itself essential for conscious experience, is achieved. The kind of poise required will vary from case to case but will typically be pitched at some remove from the full details of our active sensorio-motor repertoire.' [p195]

Clark acknowledges that:

`...the broad notion of a relatively high-level executive interaction between conscious seeing and fine-grained motor control is highly attractive.'[189]

This increasing focus on a causally detached executor [albeit embodied in the brain] seems to forget the expressive, outward looking enthusiasm with which he began:

Read more ›
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.