Robert Clowes is the coordinator the Lisbon Mind & Reasoning Group which is part of the ArgLab at IFILNOVA.
He works on a number of themes in the philosophy of cognitive science and philosophy of 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.
He develops work primarily in the 4E (Extended, Embodied, Embedded and Enactive) tradition of approaches to mind. His PhD Thesis focused on these themes as related to the cognitive role of language (Clowes, 2008).
Other themes he works 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.
He was funded as a Post-Doctoral Researcher from FCT for the project: Virtualism and the Mind: Rethinking Presence, Representation and Self: – (SFRH/BPD/70440/2010 and is currently funded by the IFILNOVA strategic development fund.
Some Recent work:
Clowes, R. W. (2017). Extended Memory. In S. Bernecker & K. Michaelian (Eds.), Routledge Handbook on the Philosophy of Memory (pp. 243-255). Abingdon, Oxford: Routledge.
Clowes, R. W. (2018). Immaterial engagement: human agency and the cognitive ecology of the internet. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences. doi:10.1007/s11097-018-9560-4
Clowes, R. W. (2018). Rethinking the ipseity disturbance theory of schizophrenia through predictive processing. In I. Hipólito, J. Gonçalves, & J. G. Pereira (Eds.), Schizophrenia and Common Sense (pp. 113-136). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
Clowes, R. W. (2018). Screen Reading and the Creation of New Cognitive Ecologies. AI & Society: Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Communication. doi:10.1007/s00146-017-0785-5
Gärtner, K., & Clowes, R. W. (2017). Enactivism, Radical Enactivism and Predictive Processing: What is Radical in Cognitive Science? KAIROS, 18(1). doi:https://doi.org/10.1515/kjps-2017-0003
Smart, P. R., Clowes, R. W., & Heersmink, R. (2017). Minds Online: The Interface between Web Science, Cognitive Science and the Philosophy of Mind. Foundations and Trends in Web Science, 6(1-2), 1-232. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1561/1800000026
Smart, P. R., Heersmink, R., & Clowes, R. W. (2017). The Cognitive Ecology of the Internet. In S. J. Cowley & F. Vallée-Tourangeau (Eds.), Cognition Beyond the Brain, 2nd Edition (pp. 251-282): Springer.
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.
He is a review edditor of the editorial board of Frontiers in Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology.