This is a unique collection of new and recently-published articles which debate the merits of virtue-theoretic approaches to the core epistemological issues of knowledge and justified belief. The readings all contribute to our understanding of the relative importance, for a theory of justified belief, of the reliability of our cognitive faculties and of the individuals responsibility in gathering and weighing evidence. Highlights of the readings include direct exchanges between leading exponents of this approach and their critics.
Guy Axtell is professor of philosophy at University of Nevada.
Part 1 Acknowledgements Part 2 Introduction Part 3 Reliability and Intellectual Virtue Chapter 4 Epistemic Folkways and Scientific Epistemology. Alvin Goldman Chapter 5 Reliabilism and Intellectual Virtue. Ernest Sosa Chapter 6 Three Forms of Virtue Epistemology. Ernest Sosa Chapter 7 Ever Since Descartes. Hilary Kornblith Part 8 Knowledge and Skepticism Chapter 9 Virtue, Skepticism, and Context. John Greco Chapter 10 Supervenience, Virtues, and Consequences. Jonathan Dancy Chapter 11 Sosa on Knowledge, Justification, and "Aptness". Lawrence BonJour Chapter 12 Perspectives in Virtue Epistemology: A Response to Dancy and BonJour. Ernest Sosa Part 13 Responsibility, Motives, and Consequences Chapter 14 From Reabilism to Virtue Epistemology. Linda Zagrebsky Chapter 15 Moral and Epistemic Virtue. Julia Driver Chapter 16 An "Internalist" Conception of Epistemic Virtue. James Montmarquet Chapter 17 Regulating Inquiry: Virtue, Doubt, and Sentiment. Christopher Hookway Part 18 Special Interest Topics in Virtue Theory Chapter 19 Critical Thinking, Moral Integrity, and Citizenship: Teaching for the Intellectual Virtues. Richard Paul Chapter 20 Virtue Theory and the Fact/ Value Problem. Guy Axtell Chapter 21 Epistemic Vice. Casey Swank Chapter 22 Phronesis and Religious Belief. Linda Zagrebski Part 23 Index of Names Part 24 About the Contributors