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Thinking with Things: Mētis as Extended Cognition

Amy Lather

Wake Forest University

This paper presents a novel interpretation of mētis, “cunning intelligence,” by using contemporary theories of mind to demonstrate how Prometheus, Hermes, and Odysseus each display their mētis through their different strategies of thinking in and through things. Mētis thus emerges as a form of cognitive craftsmanship that can operate in a diverse array of material and bodily media.

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Lightning Talks #2: Greek Literature

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