Virtue Ethics and Virtue Epistemology
Metaphilosophy, volume 41, pp. 22 - 40.
By Roger Crisp
The aim of this essay is to test the claim that epistemologists—virtue
epistemologists in particular—have much to learn from virtue ethics.
The essay begins with an outline of virtue ethics itself. This section
concludes that a pure form of virtue ethics is likely to be
unattractive, so the virtue epistemologist should examine the "impure"
views of real philosophers. Aristotle is usually held up as the
paradigm virtue ethicist. His doctrine of the mean is described, and it
is explained how that doctrine can provide a framework for an account
of epistemic virtue. The conclusion of the essay is that a virtue
epistemology based on analogies with virtue ethics, though well worth
developing and considering, will face several challenges in fulfilling
the significant promises that have been made on its behalf.
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