Inquiring Mind On Intellectual Virtues and Virtue Epistemology

ISBN-10: 019965929X

ISBN-13: 9780199659296

Edition: 2012

Authors: Jason Baehr

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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 10/4/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Introduction
Intellectual virtue: some examples
Virtue epistemology
A very brief history
Four varieties of character-based virtue epistemology
An overview of the book
Intellectual Virtues
Some natural groupings of intellectual virtues
Virtues, faculties, talents, temperaments, and skills
Faculties
Talents
Temperaments
Skills
Conclusion
Knowledge and Intellectual Virtue
Zagzebski's account of knowledge
Are intellectual virtues (plus true belief) sufficient for knowledge?
Are intellectual virtues necessary for knowledge?
Low-grade "knowledge" is not genuine knowledge
Mimicking an intellectually virtuous agent
"Low-level" virtuous motives and actions
Conclusion
Prospects for Strong Conservative VE
Virtue and Character in Reliabilism
The exclusion of character virtues within reliabilist epistemology
Character virtues as reliabilist knowledge-makers
Theoretical reverberations
Conclusion
Evidentialism, Vice, and Virtue
Problem cases
Cases of defective inquiry
Cases of defective "doxastic handling" of evidence
Modifying evidentialism
BonJour's evidentialism
Conclusion
A Personal Worth Conception of Intellectual Virtue
Preliminaries
Personal worth and intellectual virtue
Personal intellectual worth
Clarifications
The basis of personal worth simpliciter
The basis of personal intellectual worth
The account summarized
The broad structure of an intellectual virtue
Assessing the account
Intellectual carefulness and thoroughness
Creativity and originality
Intellectual conscientiousness
Intellectual generosity
Conclusion
The Personal Worth Conception and Its Rivals
Similar conceptions
Hurka's "recursive" conception
Adams and "excellence in being for the good"
Dissimilar conceptions
Driver's consequentialist account
Hursthouse's naturalism
Zagzebski's "motivational" account
Conclusion
Open-Mindedness
Some initial characterizations of open-mindedness
Open-mindedness: a unified account
The conceptual core of open-mindedness
A definition of open-mindedness
Open-mindedness and other cognitive excellences
When to be open-minded?
Conclusion
Intellectual Courage
Intellectual courage vs. moral courage
Some examples
The "context" of intellectual courage
The "substance" of intellectual courage
Intellectual courage: a definition
Challenging cases
Ill-motivated courage?
Easy courage?
When to be intellectually courageous?
The Status and Future of Character-Based Virtue Epistemology
Four varieties of character-based virtue epistemology
Assessing the alternatives
Strong Conservative VE
Weak Conservative VE
Strong Autonomous VE
Weak Autonomous VE
A final objection
Appendix: On the Distinction between Intellectual and Moral Virtues
Belief vs. action
A unifying principle for intellectual virtues
A teleological account
An alternative proposal
Implications
Driver on intellectual and moral virtue
References
Index
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