Synthese 200 (1):1-26 (2022)

Authors
Cody Turner
University of Connecticut
Abstract
This paper engages in what might be called anticipatory virtue epistemology, as it anticipates some virtue epistemological risks related to a near-future version of brain-computer interface technology that Michael Lynch (2014) calls 'neuromedia.' I analyze how neuromedia is poised to negatively affect the intellectual character of agents, focusing specifically on the virtue of intellectual perseverance, which involves a disposition to mentally persist in the face of challenges towards the realization of one’s intellectual goals. First, I present and motivate what I call ‘the cognitive offloading argument’, which holds that excessive cognitive offloading of the sort incentivized by a device like neuromedia threatens to undermine intellectual virtue development from the standpoint of the theory of virtue responsibilism. Then, I examine the cognitive offloading argument as it applies to the virtue of intellectual perseverance, arguing that neuromedia may increase cognitive efficiency at the cost of intellectual perseverance. If used in an epistemically responsible manner, however, cognitive offloading devices may not undermine intellectual perseverance but instead allow us to persevere with respect to intellectual goals that we find more valuable by freeing us from different kinds of menial intellectual labor.
Keywords Neuromedia  Virtue Epistemology  Intellectual Perseverance  Cognitive Offloading  Virtue Responsibilism
Categories (categorize this paper)
Reprint years 2022
ISBN(s)
DOI 10.1007/s11229-022-03472-w
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

 PhilArchive page | Other versions
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Philosophical Explanations.Robert Nozick - 1981 - Harvard University Press.
Echo Chambers and Epistemic Bubbles.C. Thi Nguyen - 2020 - Episteme 17 (2):141-161.
The Extended Mind.Andy Clark & David J. Chalmers - 1998 - Analysis 58 (1):7-19.
Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies.Nick Bostrom (ed.) - 2014 - Oxford University Press.
The Bounds of Cognition.Frederick Adams & Kenneth Aizawa - 2008 - Malden, MA, USA: Wiley-Blackwell.

View all 71 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Intellectual Perseverance.Heather Battaly - 2017 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 14 (6):669-697.
Intellectual Perseverance.Heather Battaly - forthcoming - New Content is Available for Journal of Moral Philosophy.
Perseverance as an Intellectual Virtue.Nathan L. King - 2014 - Synthese 191 (15):3501-3523.
Character, Reliability and Virtue Epistemology.Jason Baehr - 2006 - Philosophical Quarterly 56 (223):193–212.
Reliabilist Virtue Epistemology.John Greco & Jonathan Reibsamen - 2018 - In Nancy Snow (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Virtue. New York, USA: Oxford University Press. pp. 725-746.
"Recent Work in Virtue Epistemology".Guy Axtell - 1997 - American Philosophical Quarterly 34 (1):1--27.
Epistemic Situationism.Mark Alfano & Abrol Fairweather (eds.) - 2017 - Oxford University Press.
Virtue Epistemology.Heather Battaly - 2008 - Philosophy Compass 3 (4):639-663.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2022-01-18

Total views
312 ( #34,341 of 2,519,272 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
230 ( #2,134 of 2,519,272 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes