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Sunday, 15 January 2012

Epistemic virtues could be not first-personal enough

A piece of work that I started years back in a conference in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada found a home in the Croatian Journal.

Drawing on Bernard Williams' idea that sometimes an appeal to virtues is insufficiently first-personal. I thought that sometimes one can also find cases of epistemic bad faith when one fails to believe following (first-personal) inclinations and prefer to follow third personal epistemic norms (believe something because, say, science says so or grant a logical procedure that is not part of your reasoning or something you understand). Surely, beliefs are complicated things as they always involve transparency (I know what I believe through thinking about the world, not through thinking about myself.) But I think epistemic virtues could also fail to be first personal enough.

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