Knowledge and Cognitive Integration

Spyridon Palermos

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Cognitive integration is a defining yet overlooked feature of our intellect that may nevertheless have substantial effects on the process of knowledge-acquisition. To bring those effects to the fore, I explore the topic of cognitive integration both from the perspective of virtue reliabilism within externalist epistemology and the perspective of extended cognition within externalist philosophy of mind and cognitive science. On the basis of this interdisciplinary focus, I argue that cognitive integration can provide a minimalist yet adequate epistemic norm of subjective justification: so long as the agent’s belief-forming process has been integrated in his cognitive character, the agent can be justified in holding the resulting beliefs merely by
lacking any doubts there was something wrong in the way he arrived at them.
Moreover, since both externalist philosophy of mind and externalist
epistemology treat the process of cognitive integration in the same way, we
can claim that epistemic cognitive characters may extend beyond our
organismic cognitive capacities to the artifacts we employ or even to other
agents we interact with. This move is not only necessary for accounting for
advanced cases of knowledge that is the product of the operation of epistemic artifacts or the interactive activity of research teams, but it can further lead to interesting ramifications both for social epistemology and philosophy of science.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1931-1951
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - May 2014


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  • Group Knowledge

    Palermos, S. O., Pritchard, D., Carter, J. A. & Kallestrup, J.

    1/02/14 → …

    Project: Other (Non-Funded/Miscellaneous)

  • Extended Knowledge

    Pritchard, D., Clark, A., Kallestrup, J., Carter, J. A. & Palermos, S. O.



    Project: Research

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