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Ernest Sosa

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198719694

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198719694.001.0001

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Virtue Epistemology: Character versus Competence

Virtue Epistemology: Character versus Competence

(p.34) 2 Virtue Epistemology: Character versus Competence
Judgment and Agency

Ernest Sosa

Oxford University Press

This chapter is a comparative study of the two sorts of virtue epistemology now widely recognized. It defends the following four claims: First, from its inception, virtue reliabilism has always included a responsibilist component within its focus. Second, responsibilists have advocated a distinctive conception of responsibilist, character-based intellectual virtue, but it is partial and insufficient. Third, and ironically, we should recognize a sort of active, volitional intellectual virtue that is a special case of reliable-competence intellectual virtue. Fourth and finally, we can best understand the responsibilist, character-based intellectual virtues (highlighted by responsibilists) as auxiliary to reliable-competence intellectual virtues.

Keywords:   character, competence, responsibilism, virtue reliabilism

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