Guy Axtell


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Asst. Professor

Radford University

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I graduated U. of Hawai'i, and since 2006 am administrator of JanusBlog: The Virtue Theory Discussion Forum, with over 140 participant researchers, worldwide. Our forums range over East/West comparative virtue theory, contemoporary work in virtue epistemology, virtue ethics, applied philosophy, including topics of deliberative democracy, environmental ethics, critical thinking and moral reasoning pedagogy, etc. Please visit us at

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In my own research I am author of around 20 articles and three collaborations, mostly in virtue epistemology and the ethics of belief. I am editor of Knowledge, Belief and Character: Readings in Virtue Epistemology (Rowman & Littlefield). Currently, I am working on expanding my virtue theoretic accounts of the ethics of belief and the epistemology of disagreement. I am also working on 'squaring' virtue reliabilisms and responsibilisms with dual process theory in cognitive psychology; also on a reply to John Doris' recent extension of the "situationist challenge" to include virtue-based epistemologies. Also I am starting work on a book on Objectivity which will have substantial v-theoretic aspects. Let's collaborate!



Recent Publications
From Internalist Evidentialism to Virtue Responsibilism
• “From Internalist Evidentialism to Virtue Responsibilism: Reasonable Disagreement and the Ethics of Belief,” in Evidentialism and its Discontents, Trent Dougherty (ed.)., 2011. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 71-87. http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199563500.do Abstract. This paper defends the epistemological importance of ‘diachronic’ or cross-temporal evaluation of epistemic agents against an interesting dilemma posed for this view in Trent Dougherty’s recent paper ‘Reducing Responsibility’. Key issues in...
"Recovering Responsibility"
LOGOS & EPISTEME II, 3 (2011): 429-454 http://logos-and-episteme.proiectsbc.ro/sites/default/files/RECOVERING%20RESPONSIBILITY%20.pdf Abstract. This paper defends the epistemological importance of ‘diachronic’ or cross-temporal evaluation of epistemic agents against an interesting dilemma posed for this view in Trent Dougherty’s recent paper ‘Reducing Responsibility’. Key issues in...
“Agency Ascriptions in Ethics and Epistemology”
in H. Battaly (ed.) Virtue and Vice, Moral and Epistemic. Oxford: Wiley/Broadview Press, 2010: 73-94. Abstract: In this article, the logic and functions of character-trait ascriptions in ethics and epistemology is compared, and two major problems, the “generality problem” for virtue epistemologies and the “global trait problem” for virtue ethics, are...
“Three Independent Factors in Epistemology: An Account of the Nature and Sources of Epistemic Value,” (with Philip Olson)
Contemporary Pragmatism, Vol. 6, No. 2 (December 2009), 89–109. We articulate John Dewey’s “independent factors” approach to moral philosophy and then adapt and extend this approach to address contemporary debate concerning the nature and sources of epistemic normativity. We identify three factors (agent reliability...
“Virtue-Theoretic Responses to Skepticism”
in Oxford Handbook on Skepticism, John Greco (ed.). OUP, 2008: 557-580. This chapter focuses on the responses that proponents of virtue epistemology make to radical skepticism and particularly to two related forms of it, Pyrrhonian skepticism and the “underdetermination-based” argument, both of which have been receiving widening...
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Radford University

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Asst. Professor

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Ph.D.

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