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Intellectual Virtue

Michael DePaul and Linda Zagzebski, eds. (Oxford University Press: August 2007), 300 pages.

Virtue ethics has attracted a lot of attention over the past few decades, and more recently there has been considerable interest in virtue epistemology as an alternative to traditional approaches in that field. Ironically, although virtue epistemology got its inspiration from virtue ethics, this is the first book that brings virtue epistemologists and virtue ethicists together to contribute their particular expertise, and the first that is devoted to the topic of intellectual virtue. All new and right up to date, the papers collected here by Zagzebski and DePaul demonstrate the benefit of each branch of philosophy to the other. Intellectual Virtue will be required reading for anyone working in either field. ~ Synopsis

Table of Contents

    • List of Contributors
    • Introduction    1
  • Pt. 1    Classical Virtue Ethics and Virtue Epistemology    13
    • 1    The Structure of Virtue    15
    • 2    Intellectual Virtue: Emotions, Luck, and the Ancients    34
  • Pt. 2    Contemporary Virtue Ethics and Epistemology    55
    • 3    Virtue Ethics: Radical or Routine?    57
    • 4    Practical Reason and its Virtues    81
  • Pt. 3    The Good of Knowledge    109
    • 5    Knowledge as Credit for True Belief    111
    • 6    Intellectual Motivation and the Good of Truth    135
    • 7    The Place of Truth in Epistemology    155
  • Pt. 4    Using Virtue to Redefine the Problems of Epistemology    181
    • 8    How to be a Virtue Epistemologist    183
    • 9    Understanding ‘Virtue’ and the Virtue of Understanding    203
    • 10    Knowing Cognitive Selves    227
  • Pt. 5    Applying Virtue to Epistemology: An Intellectual Virtue Examined    255
    • 11    Humility and Epistemic Goods    257
    • References    281
    • Index    291