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Moral and Intellectual Virtues in Western and Chinese Philosophy
The Turn toward Virtue

ISBN 9781138925168
Published October 20, 2015 by Routledge
270 Pages

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Book Description

This is the first book to bring together Western and Chinese perspectives on both moral and intellectual virtues. Editors Chienkuo Mi, Michael Slote, and Ernest Sosa have assembled some of the world’s leading epistemologists and ethicists—located in the U.S., Europe, and Asia—to explore in a global context what they are calling, "the virtue turn." The 15 chapters have never been published previously and by covering topics that bridge epistemology and moral philosophy suggest a widespread philosophical turn away from Kantian and Utilitarian issues and towards character- and agent-based concerns. A goal of this volume is to show students and researchers alike that the (re-)turn toward virtue underway in the Western tradition is being followed by a similar (re-)turn toward virtue in Chinese philosophy.

Table of Contents

1. Knowledge as Action – Ernest Sosa. 2. From Virtue Ethics to Virtue Epistemology – Michael Slote. 3. Skilful Reflection as an Epistemic Virtue – Chienkuo Mi and Shane Ryan. 4. Intellectual Humility, Knowledge-how, and Disagreement – Adam Carter and Duncan Pritchard. 5. Self-Knowledge as an Intellectual and Moral Virtue? – Stephen Hetherington. 6. The Vice of Virtue Theory – David Sosa. 7. The Four Dimensions of an Intellectual Virtue – Jason Baehr. 8. Epistemic Virtue and Vice: Reliabilism, Responsibilism, and Personalism – Heather Battaly. 9. Testimony as Speech Act, Testimony as Source – Peter Graham. 10. Curiosity - The Basic Epistemic Virtue – Nenad Miscevic. 11. Perceptual Justification: Factive Reasons and Fallible Virtues – Christoph Kelp and Harmen Ghijsen. 12. Can Extended Cognition Help Robust Virtue Epistemology? – Leo Cheung. 13. Confucian Worries about the Aristotelian Sophos – Matthew Walker. 14. "Empathy for Devils": What We Can Learn from Wang Yangming – Yong Huang. 15. The Virtue of Receptivity and Practical Rationality. Seisuke Hayakawa.

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Chienkuo Mi is Chair and Professor of philosophy at Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan, and President of Taiwan Philosophical Association. He has published widely in Chinese and English on topics in epistemology, philosophy of language, and Chinese philosophy. His recent research brings together issues in virtue epistemology and Chinese philosophy.

Michael Slote is UST Professor of Ethics at the University of Miami. He is the author of books and articles in ethics, epistemology, and the philosophy of mind. His recently published works include The Routledge Companion to Virtue Ethics (with Lorraine Besser-Jones, Routledge 2015), A Sentimentalist Theory of the Mind (2014), and Virtue Ethics and Confucianism (with Stephen Angle, Routledge 2013). He is now working on issues that bridge the gap between Western and Chinese philosophy.

Ernest Sosa is Board of Governors Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University. He is the Editor of Philosophy and Phenomenological Research and of Noûs. His recently published books include Judgment and Agency (2015) and Knowing Full Well (2011).


"This exciting volume breaks new ground through its conscious efforts to bring experts in three fields—virtue epistemology, virtue ethics, and Chinese philosophy—into conversation with one another. The volume demonstrates that there is enough overlap for fruitful conversation and learning, and thus is an important contribution not just to its constituent subfields, but also to the growing philosophical literature that is genuinely cross-cultural."

Stephen C. Angle, Wesleyan University, USA

"This is an interesting and exciting volume, in which philosophers from around the world collaborate to document and extend 'the virtue turn and/or return' in Western and Chinese philosophy. This excellent collection of essays explores various issues in virtue ethics and epistemology, while at the same time informing us about important connections and contrasts in the Western and Chinese traditions."

John Greco, Saint Louis University, USA