Book Reviews: Robert C Roberts and W Jay Wood, Intellectual Virtues: an Essay in Regulative Epistemology and Ernest Sosa, A Virtue Epistemology: Apt Belief and Reflective Knowledge
Umbers, R. (2010). [Book Reviews: Robert C Roberts and W Jay Wood, Intellectual virtues: An essay in regulative epistemology and Ernest Sosa, A virtue epistemology: Apt belief and reflective knowledge], Heythrop Journal, 51(2), 333-335. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2265.2009.00564_9.x
Virtue Epistemology has come a long way since Ernest Sosa first mooted its possibility in ‘The Raft and the Pyramid’, a paper about the pitfalls of coherentism and foundationalism. What makes Virtue Epistemology distinctive, as opposed to other forms of reliabilist externalism, is that the epistemic agent becomes the locus for justification rather than the belief. In the midst of a small but growing literature in this focus on the agent, two clear trends are emerging that reflect a difference in interest by the authors rather than any real underlying antagonism between camps. Where faculty reliabilists like Sosa and Greco are concerned about sceptical challenges, virtue responsibilists like Zazebski or Roberts and Wood prefer to write about intellectual flourishing.