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Socially Extended Epistemology

J. Adam Carter, Andy Clark, Jesper Kallestrup, S. Orestis Palermos, and Duncan Pritchard

Abstract

The present volume explores the topic of socially extended knowledge. This is a topic of research at the intersection of epistemology and philosophy of mind and cognitive science. The core idea of socially extended epistemology is that epistemic states such as beliefs, justification, and knowledge can be collectively realized by groups or communities of individuals. Typical examples that are being studied in the literature include collective memory in old partners, problem-solving by juries, and the behaviors of hiring committees, scientific research teams, and intelligence agencies. This volu ... More

Keywords: epistemology, cognitive science, philosophy of mind, computer science, socially extended knowledge, distributed cognition, social epistemology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198801764
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198801764.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. Adam Carter, editor
Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Glasgow

Andy Clark, editor
Professor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh

Jesper Kallestrup, editor
Professor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh

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Introduction

J. Adam Carter, Andy Clark, Jesper Kallestrup, S. Orestis Palermos, and Duncan Pritchard

Part I Foundational Issues within Socially Extended Epistemology

2 Outsourcing Concepts

Cathal O’Madagain

4 Mind Outside Brain

Francis Heylighen and Shima Beigi

6 Group Know-How

S. Orestis Palermos and Deborah P. Tollefsen

Part II Applications and New Directions

9 Thinking Together about Genocide

Holly Arrow and Alexander Garinther

End Matter