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Virtue Epistemology Naturalized

Bridges Between Virtue Epistemology and Philosophy of Science

  • Abrol Fairweather
  • Examines an underdeveloped aspect of virtue epistemology, namely the interconnections between virtue epistemology and philosophy of science

  • Contributes to the development of naturalistic perspectives in virtue epistemology

  • Builds on recent empirical work in virtue ethics


Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 366)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Epistemic Virtue, Cognitive Science and Situationism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Peter J. Graham
      Pages 13-31
    3. Christopher Lepock
      Pages 33-48
    4. Carlos Montemayor
      Pages 67-81
    5. Berit Brogaard
      Pages 83-102
    6. Abrol Fairweather, Carlos Montemayor
      Pages 123-139
  3. Epistemic Virtue and Formal Epistemology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Ilhan Inan
      Pages 143-157
    3. Don Fallis
      Pages 159-179
    4. Juan Comesaña
      Pages 181-192
  4. Virtues of Theories and Virtues of Theorists

About this book


This book presents four bridges connecting work in virtue epistemology and work in philosophy of science (broadly construed) that may serve as catalysts for the further development of naturalized virtue epistemology. These bridges are: empirically informed theories of epistemic virtue; virtue theoretic solutions to underdetermination; epistemic virtues in the history of science; and the value of understanding.

Virtue epistemology has opened many new areas of inquiry in contemporary epistemology including: epistemic agency, the role of motivations and emotions in epistemology, the nature of abilities, skills and competences, wisdom and curiosity. 

Value driven epistemic inquiry has become quite complex and there is a need for a responsible and rigorous process of constructing naturalized theories of epistemic virtue. This volume makes the involvement of the sciences more explicit and looks at the empirical aspect of virtue epistemology. 

Concerns about virtue epistemology are considered in the essays contained here, including the question: can any virtue epistemology meet both the normativity constraint and the empirical constraint? The volume suggests that these worries should not be seen as impediments but rather as useful constraints and desiderata to guide the construction of naturalized theories of epistemic virtue.


Ampliative Adequacy of Competing Theories Cognitive Science and Situationism Epistemic Virtue and Formal Epistemology Epistemic agency and reflective knowledge in virtue epistemology Epistemic values and disinformation Eudaimonistic virtue epistemology Function of Perception Inferential Virtues and Common Epistemic Goods Metacognition and intellectual virtue Perceptual responsiveness and the praxis of scientific belief Praxis of Scientific Observation

Editors and affiliations

  • Abrol Fairweather
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophySan Francisco State UniversitySan FranciscoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Virtue Epistemology Naturalized
  • Book Subtitle Bridges Between Virtue Epistemology and Philosophy of Science
  • Editors Abrol Fairweather
  • Series Title Synthese Library
  • Series Abbreviated Title Synthese Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-04671-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-34925-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-04672-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VI, 360
  • Number of Illustrations 6 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Epistemology
    Cognitive Psychology
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From the book reviews:

“This is a collection of nineteen papers, assembled and briefly introduced by Abrol Fairweather. Together they explore an incredibly broad and fertile range of the connections between virtue epistemology, cognitive psychology, and the philosophy of science. … Anyone interested in virtue epistemology, philosophy of science, or naturalized epistemology should consider this book an excellent resource.” (Sarah Wright, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews,, April, 2015)