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Vices of the Mind: From the Intellectual to the Political

Quassim Cassam


This book defends the view that epistemic vices are blameworthy or otherwise reprehensible character traits, attitudes, or ways of thinking that systematically obstruct the gaining, keeping, or sharing of knowledge. An account is given of specific epistemic vices and of the particular ways in which they get in the way of knowledge. Closed-mindedness is an example of a character vice, an epistemic vice that is a character trait. Epistemic insouciance and epistemic malevolence are examples of attitude vices. An example of an epistemic vice that is a way of thinking is wishful thinking. Only epis ... More

Keywords: epistemic vices, knowledge, character traits, attitudes, thinking, blame, self-improvement

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198826903
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198826903.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Quassim Cassam, author
Professor of Philosophy, University of Warwick

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