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Distributed cognition – analytics and problematization of the concept

Journal: The Digital Scholar: Philosopher’s Lab (Vol.2, No. 4)

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Page : 175-190

Keywords : Edwin Hutchins; cultural cognitive ecosystems; digital transformations; science communication;

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The article analyzes the concept of distributed cognition, which arose in science at the crossroad of cognitive, anthropological and ethnographic studies at the end of the twentieth century. The author distinguishes between this and related concepts, such as distributed knowledge, situational cognition, extended mind, and collective cognition, and also determines the main elements of the distributed cognition with reference to Edwin Hutchins' works. She describes the research contexts that shape the contemporary relevance of this concept: non-classical epistemology, research of modern technoscience and digital transformation. The two concluding parts of the article address the problems characterizing this concept and the areas of its application. Considering its application, the author emphasizes the im-portance of intersection of the field of its application, as well as research areas in science, political communication and modern digital transformations studies. This intersection demonstrates the possible limits in how this concept applies, and also elucidates new aspects facilitating its further development. Particular attention to this concept is due to its ability to mediate between cognitive, epistemic, cultural, and socio-political contexts of cognition research.

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