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Is There a Problem with Cognitive Outsourcing?

Ahlstrom-Vij, Kristoffer (2016) Is There a Problem with Cognitive Outsourcing? Philosophical Issues, 26 (1). pp. 7-24. ISSN 1533-6077. E-ISSN 1758-2237. (doi:10.1111/phis.12072) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

To what extent can we rely on others for information without such reliance becoming epistemically problematic? In this paper, this question is addressed in terms of a specific form of reliance: cognitive outsourcing. Cognitive outsourcing involves handing over (outsourcing) one’s information collection and processing (the cognitive) to others. The specific question that will be asked about such outsourcing is if there is an epistemic problem about cognitive outsourcing as such. To ask if there is an epistemic problem with x for S is to ask if x is a problem for S’s ability to acquire true belief and avoid false belief. To ask if there is a problem for S with x as such is to ask if it is impossible to solve the problem for S while leaving x as is. I argue that, if we consider the five most plausible candidate epistemic problems raised by cognitive outsourcing—i.e., unreliability, gullibility, irrationality, dependency, and lack of epistemic autonomy—we see for each candidate that it is either not an epistemic problem, or not a problem about cognitive outsourcing as such.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/phis.12072
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Philosophy
Depositing User: K. Ahlstrom-Vij
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2015 11:55 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 14:16 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/47386 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Ahlstrom-Vij, Kristoffer: https://orcid.org/HTTP://ORCID.ORG/orcid.org/0000-0003-1081-3171
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