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Descartes and Virtue Epistemology<sup>1</sup>

Ernest Sosa

in Reason, Metaphysics, and Mind

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199766864
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932184 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199766864.003.0010
Descartes and Virtue Epistemology1

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This chapter aims to provide an account of Descartes's project in the Meditations that will fit various passages in the text that are incompatible with earlier interpretations. It emerges that Descartes upholds in all of its parts an epistemology that has come to be knows on the contemporary scene as “virtue epistemology.” This is the robust virtue epistemology that takes epistemic normativity to be the AAA performance normativity of accuracy, adroitness, and aptness, that distinguishes between animal and reflective knowledge, and that embraces epistemic circularity.

Keywords: Descartes; virtue epistemology; apt belief; animal knowledge; reflective knowledge; epistemic circularity

Chapter.  8419 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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