Intellectual Virtues: An Essay in Regulative Epistemology

Paperback | December 26, 2009

byRobert C. Roberts, W. Jay Wood

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Out of the ferment of recent debates about the intellectual virtues, Roberts and Wood have developed an approach they call 'regulative epistemology'. This is partly a return to classical and medieval traditions, partly in the spirit of Locke's and Descartes's concern for intellectualformation, partly an exploration of connections between epistemology and ethics, and partly an approach that has never been tried before. Standing on the shoulders of recent epistemologists - including William Alston, Alvin Plantinga, Ernest Sosa, and Linda Zagzebski - Roberts and Wood pursue epistemological questions by looking closely and deeply at particular traits of intellectual character such as love of knowledge, intellectualautonomy, intellectual generosity, and intellectual humility. Central to their vision is an account of intellectual goods that includes not just knowledge as properly grounded belief, but understanding and personal acquaintance, acquired and shared through the many social practices of actualintellectual life. This approach to intellectual virtue infuses the discipline of epistemology with new life, and makes it interesting to people outside the circle of professional epistemologists. It is epistemology for the whole intellectual community, as Roberts and Wood carefully sketch the ways in which virtuesthat would have been categorized earlier as moral make for agents who can better acquire, refine, and communicate important kinds of knowledge.

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Out of the ferment of recent debates about the intellectual virtues, Roberts and Wood have developed an approach they call 'regulative epistemology'. This is partly a return to classical and medieval traditions, partly in the spirit of Locke's and Descartes's concern for intellectualformation, partly an exploration of connections betwe...

Robert C. Roberts is Distinguished Professor of Ethics at Baylor University. W. Jay Wood is Professor of Philosophy at Wheaton College, Illinois.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:December 26, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199575703

ISBN - 13:9780199575701

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Table of Contents

Part One: Contexts1. Epistemology2. Goods3. Virtues4. Faculties5. PracticesPart Two: Intellectual Virtues6. Love of Knowledge7. Firmness8. Courage and Caution9. Humility10. Autonomy11. Generosity12. Practical Wisdom

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Review from previous edition "Intellectual Virtues is undoubtedly a very rich, novel, and important contribution to the literature in character-based virtue epistemology; it is, in fact, the most important contribution in the last decade. The book is a must-read for anyone interested in virtueepistemology and it is sure to enjoy this status for many years to come." --Jason Baehr, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews