Extended epistemology

Duncan Pritchard*

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What does it take to convert the deliverances of an extended cognitive process into knowledge (i.e., extended knowledge)? This question is explored in the context of anti-luck virtue epistemology. It is argued that what is key to extended cognitive processes is how they are cognitively integrated within the cognitive character of the agent. In this context, anti-luck virtue epistemology is shown to be comfortably able to accommodate cases of extended knowledge; it is also explained that such a theory of knowledge can allow for a relatively broad range of instances of extended knowledge, including cases that do not essentially involve the manifestation of intellectual virtue, and cases that involve positive epistemic dependence. Finally, it is argued that while the threshold for extended knowledge may be relatively low, this should not preclude generally preferring an extended knowledge that involves an epistemic standing that extends far above that threshold.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExtended epistemology
EditorsJ. Adam Carter, Andy Clark, Jesper Kallestrup, S. Orestis Palermos, Duncan Pritchard
Place of PublicationOxford, UK
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780198769811
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Anti-luck virtue epistemology
  • Epistemic dependence
  • Epistemology
  • Extended cognition
  • Extended knowledge


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