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Ernest Sosa

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691183268

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691183268.001.0001

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Two Forms of Virtue Epistemology

Two Forms of Virtue Epistemology

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(p.140) Chapter Nine Two Forms of Virtue Epistemology
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Epistemology
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Ernest Sosa

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691183268.003.0009

This chapter explains how two quite distinct forms of virtue epistemology are generally recognized. One of these finds in epistemology important correlates of Aristotle's moral virtues. Such responsibilist character epistemology builds its account of epistemic normativity on the subject's responsible manifestation of epistemic character. Meanwhile, the other form of virtue epistemology adheres closer to Aristotelian intellectual virtues while recognizing a broader set of competences still restricted to basic faculties of perception, introspection, and the like. The chapter shows that because of its focus on traditional faculties such as perception, memory, and inference, such virtue reliabilism is said to overlook character traits such as open-mindedness and intellectual courage.

Keywords:   virtue epistemology, Aristotelian moral virtues, Aristotelian intellectual values, epistemic character, perception, introspection, open-mindedness, intellectual courage, virtue reliabilism

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