virtue epistemology

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An approach to epistemology modelled upon virtue ethics. The idea is to approach the notion of justification through investigating the qualities of mind that lead to the ‘right’ or virtuous attitude to a belief, which may be conviction, moderate confidence, or more or less firm disbelief. These virtues will be analogous to other moral virtues, such as patience, diligence, integrity, generosity. The difficulty for virtue epistemology is to distinguish its approach from one that simply collects epistemic virtues together as those qualities of mind making for reliability.

Subjects: Philosophy.

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