- Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Recent Printing edition (September 13, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521578264
- ISBN-13: 978-0521578264
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Virtues of the Mind: An Inquiry into the Nature of Virtue and the Ethical Foundations of Knowledge (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy) Recent Printing Edition
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Almost all theories of knowledge and justified belief employ moral concepts and forms of argument borrowed from moral theories, but none of them pay attention to the current renaissance in virtue ethics. This remarkable book is the first attempt to establish a theory of knowledge based on the model of virtue theory in ethics. The book develops the concept of an intellectual virtue, and then shows how the concept can be used to give an account of the major concepts in epistemology, including the concept of knowledge.
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Does she make a convincing case for so-called "virtue epistemology?" Not even close, in my books - her solution to the famous Gettier problem for traditional definitions of knowledge depends upon a distinction between the acts performed by virtuous people and what she calls "acts of virtue" that seemed to me to be more or less entirely spurious and ad hoc. But I got so much other stuff out of the book that by the end I didn't even care all that much about this relatively minor flaw.