Spontaneous Cognition and Epistemic Agency in the Cognitive Niche

  title={Spontaneous Cognition and Epistemic Agency in the Cognitive Niche},
  author={Regina E. Fabry},
  journal={Frontiers in Psychology},
  • R. Fabry
  • Published 8 June 2018
  • Philosophy
  • Frontiers in Psychology
According to Thomas Metzinger, many human cognitive processes in the waking state are spontaneous and are deprived of the experience of epistemic agency. He considers mind wandering as a paradigm example of our recurring loss of epistemic agency. I will enrich this view by extending the scope of the concept of epistemic agency to include cases of depressive rumination and creative cognition, which are additional types of spontaneous cognition. Like mind wandering, they are characterized by… 
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