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The Routledge Handbook of Virtue Epistemology

1st Edition

Edited by Heather Battaly


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What is an epistemic virtue? Are epistemic virtues reliable? Are they motivated by a love of truth? Do epistemic virtues produce knowledge and understanding? How can we develop epistemic virtues? The Routledge Handbook of Virtue Epistemology answers all of these questions. This landmark volume provides a pluralistic and comprehensive picture of the field of virtue epistemology. It is the first large-scale volume of its kind on the topic. Composed of 41 chapters, all published here for the first time, it breaks new ground in four areas.

    1. It articulates the structure and features of epistemic virtues.
    2. It provides in-depth analyses of 10 individual epistemic virtues.
    3. It examines the connections between epistemic virtue, knowledge, and understanding.
    4. It applies virtue epistemology, and explores its impact on related fields.

The contributing authors are pioneers in the study of epistemic virtue. This volume is an outstanding resource for students and scholars in philosophy, as well as researchers in intersecting fields, including education, psychology, political science, and women’s studies. 


"This superb volume is a who's who of virtue epistemology. Virtually every major contributor to the field, including its founding fathers and mothers, has contributed an essay, and the standard of the contributions is as high as one would expect. In terms of its range, depth and originality there is no better book on the subject. Highly recommended."    

-Quassim Cassam, University of Warwick

"By philosophy’s standards, virtue epistemology is young. It is also highly promising, both as a way of thinking about traditional epistemological challenges and as a way to lead epistemologists along new pathways. So this fine book is timely, an excellent resource for understanding a potentially significant element within future epistemological research. The chapters on the wider world of the intellect and socially engaged action, and those on individual epistemic virtues, are especially distinctive and welcome."


Stephen Hetherington, University of New South Wales

"Battaly’s volume is a masterful scholarly accomplishment, a joy to read, and an inspiring collection of essays that will spark new debates in virtue epistemology. The volume contains brilliantly edited, cutting-edge scholarship with exceptional depth and breadth. It is a must-read for those interested in normative and practical issues in epistemology, and for those interested in epistemic issues in ethics, political philosophy, and practical and applied philosophy."

- José Medina, Northwestern University 

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors Acknowledgements Introduction to the Routledge Handbook of Virtue Epistemology Heather Battaly Part I: Epistemic Virtues: General Structure and Features 1. Telic Virtue Epistemology Ernest Sosa 2. Intellectual Virtues: Admirable Character Traits Linda Zagzebski 3. Do Epistemic Virtues Require a Motivation for Truth? James Montmarquet 4. The Role of Emotion in Intellectual Virtue Michael S. Brady 5. Are Epistemic Virtues a Kind of Skill? Sarah Wright 6. What Makes the Epistemic Virtutes Valuable? Anne Baril 7. Virtue Epistemology and the Sources of Epistemic Value Robert Lockie 8. Virtue Epistemology, Virtue Ethics, and the Structure of Virtue James Baehr 9. Sentimentalist Virtue Epistemology: Beyond Responsibilism and Reliabilism Michael Slote 10. A Third of Kind Intellectual Virtue: Personalism Heather Battaly 11. There are no Epistemic Virtues Trent Dougherty Part II: Analyses of Individual Epistemic Virtues 12. Open-mindedness Wayne Riggs 13. Curiosity and Inquisitiveness Lani Watson 14. Creativity as an Epistemic Virtue Michael Kieran 15. Intellectual Humility Nancy E. Snow 16. Epistemic Autonomy in a Social World of Knowing Heidi Grasswick 17. The Epistemic Virtue of Deference Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij 18. Skepticism Allan Hazlett 19. Epistemic Justice: Three Models of Virtue Laura Beeby 20. Epistemic Courage and the Harms of Epistemic Life Ian James Kidd 21. Intellectual Perseverence Nathan King Part III: Epistemic Virtues, Knowledge, and Understanding 22. Virtue, Knowledge, and Achievement John Greco 23. Virtue Epistemology and Epistemic Luck Duncan Pritchard 24. Virtue Epistemology and Explanatory Salience Georgi Gardiner 25. Virtue Epistemology and Abilism on Knowledge John Turri 26. Virtue Reliabilism and the Value of Knowledge: Classical and New Problems Anne Meylan 27. Epistemic Virtues in Understanding Catherine Z. Elgin 28. Understanding as an Intellectual Virtue Stephen R. Grimm 29. Intellectual Virtue, Knowledge, and Justification Robert Audi 30. Understanding, Humility, and the Vices of Pride Robert C. Roberts and W. Jay Wood Part IV. Virtue Epistemology: Application and Impact 31. Feminist Virtue Epistemology Nancy Daukas 32. Virtue Epistemology and the Environment Jason Kawall 33. Virtue Epistemology and Collective Epistemology Reza Lahroodi 34. Virtue Epistemology and Extended Cognition J. Adam Carter 35. Psychological Science and Virtue Epistemology: Intelligence as an Interactionist Virtue Joshua August Skorburg and Mark Alfano 36. Dual-process Theory and Intellectual Virtue: A Role for Self-Confidence Berit Brogaard 37. Virtue Epistemology and Confucian Philosophy Chienkuo Mi and Shane Ryan 38. Virtue Epistemology and Education Randall Curren 39. Virtue Epistemology and Developing Intellectual Virtue Alan T. Wilson and Christian B. Miller 40. Virtue Epistemology and Clinical Medical Judgment Ben Kotzee 41. The Relation between Virtue Ethics and Virtue Epistemology Christine Swanton Index

About the Editor

Heather Battaly is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut, having previously taught at California State University, Fullerton. She is author of Virtue (2015), editor of the Journal of Philosophical Research, and associate editor of the Journal of the American Philosophical Association. She is currently working on a book on intellectual vice.

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