Robert Clowes is the coordinator the Lisbon Mind & Cognition Group which is part of the ArgLab at IFILNOVA. He is funded as a Post-Doctoral Researcher from FCT for the project: Virtualism and the Mind: Rethinking Presence, Representation and Self: – (SFRH/BPD/70440/2010.
He works on a number of themes in the philosophy of cognitive science and mind, the philosophy of technology and consciousness research. He is especially interested in exploring the labile border between philosophy of mind and philosophy of technology.
Much of Clowes' current work focuses is the intersection of technology and mind from written language through to internet technology. He is currently working on a monograph which seeks to pull together research themes from some recently published papers, building on some recent publications about how our minds employ and relate to current internet technology (Clowes, 2012, 2013, 2014a, 2014b). The book is tentatively entitled Thinking in the Cloud.
Clowes is interested in a variety themes around situated and embodied cognition. He has developed extended mind can inform a practical understanding of the use of technologies such electronic memory and the social web. Also I have interested in the status of claims such as the idea that the impact of the internet is making our intellects shallower, which I think the latter is much oversold. I have recently been working on the nature of reading.
I am very interested in 4E (Extended, Embodied, Embedded and Enactive) approaches to mind. My PhD Thesis focused on these themes as related to the cognitive role of language (Clowes, 2008). More recently I have been working on working on the compatability of 4E approaches with a revised representational approach to the mind (Clowes & Mendonça, Forthcoming).
Other themes I work on include: phenomenological approaches to schizophrenia and the intersection of conceptions of social and bodily selves. How body representation relates to social ideas of self. A critique of the idea that pre-reflective self experience is necessarily minimal; ( I am currently working on a paper on the implication of this for changes in self-experience in early schizophrenia for phenomenology and cognitive science and propose presenting around this theme). Can an extended mind ever be a shared mind? The role of language in extending our native cognitive resources.
Clowes, R. W., & Mendonça, D. (2015). Representation Redux: Is there still a useful role for representation to play in the context of embodied, dynamicist and situated theories of mind? New Ideas in Psychology.
Clowes, R. W. (2014b). Thinking in the Cloud: The Cognitive Incorporation of Cloud-Based Technology. Philosophy and Technology.Clowes, R. W. (2014a). Faceache: WEB 2.0, Safety Culture, The End of Intimacy and the Implosion of Private Life. In F. Negro (Ed.), Público Privado, o deslizar de uma fronteira. Lisbon, Portugal
Clowes, R. W. (2013). The Cognitive Integration of E-Memory. Review of Philosophy and Psychology(4), 107-133.
Clowes, R. W. (2012). Hybrid Memory, Cognitive Technology and Self. In Y. Erdin & M. Bishop (Eds.), Proceedings of AISB/IACAP World Congress 2012.
Clowes, R. W. (2008). Beyond Situated Action: A Neo-Vygotskian Theory of Thinking and Language Internalisation. University of Sussex, Falmer.
I am a review editor of the editorial board of Frontiers in Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology.