This chapter provides an introduction to intellectual virtues and virtue epistemology as well as an overview of the rest of the book. Several extended examples of intellectual virtue are given. This is followed by a brief history of virtue epistemology and a four‐fold classification of character‐based approaches to virtue epistemology. According to the classification, approaches to virtue epistemology fall into two main categories. Conservative virtue epistemology appeals to the concept of intellectual virtue in order to address or “solve” one or more problems in traditional epistemology. Autonomous approaches focus on intellectual character and virtues considered more or less in their own right. Each type also admits of both a stronger and weaker variety, making for a total of four varieties of character‐based virtue epistemology. Finally, a summary is provided of each of the remaining chapters.
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