A. Virtue Epistemology > Orestis Palermos and Duncan Pritchard on "Extended Knowledge and Social Epistemolog"

Palermos and Pritchard develop an "active externalist" middle ground in the debate between traditional (individual knower-focued) and Fuller-style ('outside-in') social epistemology, in this article at Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective. View it at

Abstract. The place of social epistemology within contemporary philosophy, as well as its relation to other academic disciplines, is the topic of an ongoing debate. One camp within that debate holds that social epistemology should be pursued strictly from within the perspective of individualistic analytic epistemology. In contrast, a second camp holds that social epistemology is an interdisciplinary field that should be given priority over traditional analytic epistemology, with the specific aim of radically transforming the latter to fit the results and methodology of the former. We are rather suspicious of this apparent tension, which we believe can be significantly mitigated by paying attention to certain recent advances within philosophy of mind and cognitive science. Accordingly, we attempt to explain how extended knowledge, the result of combining active externalism from contemporary philosophy of mind with contemporary epistemology, can offer an alternative conception of the future of social epistemology.
May 7, 2014 | Registered CommenterGuy Axtell