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Distributed cognitive agency in virtue epistemology

Journal Article


Abstract


  • We examine some of the ramifications of extended cognition for virtue epistemology by

    exploring the idea within extended cognition that it is possible to decentralize cognitive

    agency such that cognitive agency includes socio-cultural practices. In doing so, we first

    explore the (seemingly unquestioned) assumption in both virtue epistemology and

    extended cognition that cognitive agency is an individualistic phenomenon. A

    distributed notion of cognitive agency alters the landscape of knowledge attribution in

    virtue epistemology. We conclude by offering a pragmatic notion of cognitive agency,

    where the situation sets the benchmarks for whether cognitive agency is individualistic

    or socio-culturally distributed.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Kirchhoff, M. D. & Newsome, W. (2012). Distributed cognitive agency in virtue epistemology. Philosophical Explorations: an international journal for the philosophy of mind and action, 15 (2), 165-180.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84861745246

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1616

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 15

Start Page


  • 165

End Page


  • 180

Volume


  • 15

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • We examine some of the ramifications of extended cognition for virtue epistemology by

    exploring the idea within extended cognition that it is possible to decentralize cognitive

    agency such that cognitive agency includes socio-cultural practices. In doing so, we first

    explore the (seemingly unquestioned) assumption in both virtue epistemology and

    extended cognition that cognitive agency is an individualistic phenomenon. A

    distributed notion of cognitive agency alters the landscape of knowledge attribution in

    virtue epistemology. We conclude by offering a pragmatic notion of cognitive agency,

    where the situation sets the benchmarks for whether cognitive agency is individualistic

    or socio-culturally distributed.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Kirchhoff, M. D. & Newsome, W. (2012). Distributed cognitive agency in virtue epistemology. Philosophical Explorations: an international journal for the philosophy of mind and action, 15 (2), 165-180.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84861745246

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1616

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 15

Start Page


  • 165

End Page


  • 180

Volume


  • 15

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom