Autonomy, cognitive offloading and education

Carter, J. A. (2019) Autonomy, cognitive offloading and education. Educational Theory, 68(6), pp. 657-673. (doi: 10.1111/edth.12338)

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If we want our intellectual lives to go as well as possible, should we be ‘delegating’ as many information-gobbling tasks to our gadgets as we can? If not, then how much cognitive outsourcing is too much, and relatedly, what kinds of considerations are relevant to determining this? I submit that one particular dimension of intellectual flourishing that will be helpful for the purpose of exploring such questions is that of intellectual autonomy, and in particular, what I’ll describe as the value of one’s freedom to achieve. Several related conclusions are drawn and then applied to recent discussions in the philosophy of education concerning education’s epistemic aims.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Carter, Dr J Adam
Authors: Carter, J. A.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Journal Name:Educational Theory
ISSN (Online):1741-5446
Published Online:10 May 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 Board of Trustees | University of Illinois
First Published:First published in Educational Theory 68(6):657-673
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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