This volume brings together recent work by leading and up-and-coming philosophers on the topic of virtue epistemology. The prospects of virtue-theoretic analyses of knowledge depend crucially on our ability to give some independent account of what epistemic virtues are and what they are for. The contributions here ask how epistemic virtues matter apart from any narrow concern with defining knowledge; they show how epistemic virtues figure in accounts of various aspects of our lives, with a special emphasis on our practical lives. In essence, the essays here put epistemic virtues to work.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Knowledge, Testimony, & Action John Greco 2. Deficient Testimonial Knowledge Jennifer Lackey 3. Responsibility and Others' Beliefs David P. Schweikard 4. Doubts About Philosophy? The Alleged Challenge from Disagreement Thomas Grundmann 5. The Cognitive Demands of Intellectual Virtue Jason Baehr 6. Epistemic Value and Virtues Frank Hofmann 7. Animal Versus Reflective Orders of Epistemic Competence Ernest Sosa 8. Curiosity and the Response-Dependent Special Value of Understanding Jonathan L. Kvanvig 9. Freedom of Mind, Self-Trust, and the Possession of Virtues Christopher Hookway 10. Knowledge, Abilities, and "because"-Clauses. A Critical Appraisal of Virtue-Theoretic Analyses of Knowledge Christian Nimtz 11. Robust Virtue Epistemology and Epistemic Dependence Jesper Kallestrup & Duncan Pritchard 12. Knowledge: Safe or Virtuous? Elke Brendel 13. Knowledge, Safety, and Practical Reasoning Tim Henning
Tim Henning is currently a Humboldt fellow and visiting scholar in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.
David P. Schweikard is Assistant Professor (Akademischer Rat) in Philosophy at the University of Münster, Germany.
"Tim Henning and David Schweikard have put together a timely and all-in-all very good volume...The papers in this volume speak for themselves. They are, on the whole, very good ones, and all are on cutting edge topics in mainstream epistemology. In the most important respects...the editors have clearly succeeded, and the volume receives two thumbs up."-J. Adam Carter, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
“Philosophers who work on epistemology should seek out a copy of Knowledge, Virtue, and Action as quickly as possible. The collection is full of high quality work, and the individual chapters are written clearly, concisely, and with close attention to argument and rigor. It’s a genuine pleasure to engage with it."-Leonard Kahn, Loyola University New Orleans, USA