The Inquiring Mind: On Intellectual Virtues and Virtue Epistemology

Paperback | November 16, 2012

byJason Baehr

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The Inquiring Mind is a new contribution to "responsibilist" or character-based virtue-epistemology - an approach to epistemology in which intellectual character traits like open-mindedness, fair-mindedness, inquisitiveness, and intellectual courage, rigor, and generosity are given a centraland fundamental role. Jason Baehr provides an accessible introduction to virtue epistemology and intellectual virtues, and establishes two main goals. The first is to shed light on the nature and structure of intellectual virtues and their role in the cognitive economy. To this end, he examines thedifference between intellectual virtues and intellectual faculties, talents, temperaments, and skills, develops a "personal worth" account of the nature of an intellectual virtue, contrasts this account with several others, and provides analyses of two individual virtues: namely, open-mindedness andintellectual courage. The second main goal is to account for the role that reflection on intellectual character virtues should play within epistemology at large. Here Baehr defends three main claims. The first is that the concept of intellectual virtue does not merit a central or fundamental role within traditionalepistemology. The second is that it does, nonetheless, merit a secondary or background role in this context. The third is that intellectual character virtues and their role in intellectual life can form the basis of an approach to epistemology that is distinct from but complementary to traditionalepistemology. Finally, Baehr examines the relation between intellectual and moral virtues.

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The Inquiring Mind is a new contribution to "responsibilist" or character-based virtue-epistemology - an approach to epistemology in which intellectual character traits like open-mindedness, fair-mindedness, inquisitiveness, and intellectual courage, rigor, and generosity are given a centraland fundamental role. Jason Baehr provides an...

Jason Baehr is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles. He works in the areas of epistemology and virtue theory. He lives with his wife and three children in Long Beach, CA.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:248 pagesPublished:November 16, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019965929X

ISBN - 13:9780199659296

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Intellectual Virtues3. Knowledge and Intellectual Virtue4. Virtue and Character in Reliabilism5. Evidentialism, Vice, and Virtue6. A Personal Worth Conception of Intellectual Virtue7. The Personal Worth Conception and Its Rivals8. Open-Mindedness9. Intellectual Courage10. The Status and Future of Character-Based Virtue EpistemologyAppendix: On the Distinction between Intellectual and Moral VirtuesReferencesIndex

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Review from previous edition: "This is an excellent book. Baehr proposes an interesting and original account of the proper goals of a virtue theory for epistemology and makes substantive progress toward developing a theory of his own. The quality of argument is very high and Baehr's writing iselegant and clear." --Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews