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Distributed Cognition in Victorian Culture and Modernism$
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Miranda Anderson, Peter Garratt, and Mark Sprevak

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474442244

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474442244.001.0001

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The Heterocosmic Self: Analogy, Temporality and Structural Couplings in Proust’s Swann’s Way

The Heterocosmic Self: Analogy, Temporality and Structural Couplings in Proust’s Swann’s Way

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(p.95) 6 The Heterocosmic Self: Analogy, Temporality and Structural Couplings in Proust’s Swann’s Way
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Distributed Cognition in Victorian Culture and Modernism
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Marco Bernini

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474442244.003.0006

The idea of a distribution of the mind into the world has been largely considered as an empowering of the mind’s domain, an enlargement of its cognitive territory (a cognitive positivity). Experientially, however, it might generate a feeling of disconcerting fluidity or even an anxiety of groundlessness (an ontological concern), especially if we apply the idea of distribution to the self. What if we consider the self too as unbounded, extended and constantly constituted by ever-changing structural couplings with the world? This chapter focuses on the consequences of this question as explored by Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way. If extended and enactive frameworks can provide important insights on Proust’s literary endeavour, Proust’s devious use of analogies and his focus on analogical experiences as tell-tale markers of the extended self can offer back to cognitive science new avenues of research about phenomenological and ontological aspects related to extended or enactive models of mind, memory, self and cognition.

Keywords:   Extended Mind, Extended Self, Enactivism, Spatio-Temporal Couplings, Memory, Phenomenology of Temporality, Narrative and Experiential Analogies, Possible Worlds, Ontology and the Self

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