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Epistemology: Becoming Intellectually Virtuous

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  104 ratings  ·  11 reviews
How do we know what we know? What have wisdom, prudence and studiousness to do with justifying our beliefs? Jay Wood begins this introduction to epistemology by taking an extended look at the idea of knowing within the context of the intellectual virtues. He then surveys current views of foundationalism, epistemic justification and reliabilism. Finally he examines the rela ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published September 9th 1998 by IVP Academic (first published August 1998)
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Brian Watson
Wood presents some interesting ideas, but doesn't explain epistemology (the study of knowledge) all that well. The main point of the book is found in the subtitle: Wood is more concerned about intellectual virtues and how they relate to our knowing. In short, in order to know the truth, one must be true. That is, one must first commit to certain virtues like honesty and diligence if one is to know anything accurately.

Wood also examines some views of epistemology such as strong and weak foundati
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Kirk Lowery
Jul 24, 2011 Kirk Lowery added it
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Epistemology is something that we all do, not just philosophers. We have beliefs, and we justify them. Or, we change them based upon evidence that seems compelling to us. And, the author argues, our beliefs are informed by intellectual virtue -- or vice.

This book argues for the case that epistemology has a moral and even spiritual dimension that is unavoidable. He reviews the major theories of knowledge, pointing out their strengths and weaknesses. By looking at the problem of justifying the bel
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Paul
This was a really good book which incorporates epistemological virtues as a valuable part of a properly functioning epistemological agent. Since, as I would agree with the likes of John Frame, say, I believe that our knowing enterprise is a moral endeavor, the fact that we should take care to be certain kinds of cognitive agents is appealing. As appropriate cognitive agents we should be, argues Wood, inquisitive, teachable, attentive, persistent, and circumspect. Much like virtue ethics (which a ...more
Ian
This book is an interesting exploration of how virtue epistemology can make up for the deficits of both internalist and externalist epistemplogies. The subtitle of the book "Becoming Intellectually Virtuous" is NOT accurate - this book doesn't provide any guidance at all on how you can develop the intellectual virtues. However it does highlight the role that intellectual virtues play in the acquisition of accurate knowledge. In the course of the book, the author also discusses the key roles that ...more
Robby
The and second chapters, along with the end of the seventh, and the whole of the eighth, were the best parts.
Good examples to explain philosophical concepts.
Ran into a street-sign while reading, go figure.
Ray A.
Jun 01, 2012 Ray A. rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those with a background in general philosophy or in epistemology
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Requires hard work. A somewhat easier and more rewarding read is a later book on the same subject author co-wrote with Robert C. Roberts: Intellectual Virtues: An Essay in Regulative Epistemology, which I review elsewhere on this site.
Danny
This book came very close to four stars, I only give it three based on a few chapters that were lacking clarity. The final chapter did a great job on "wrapping up" the intent of the book - I only wish it had been longer.
Jacob Aitken
Excellent introduction to epistemology and a decent pointer to deeper literature on the subject. Author veers towards a virtue ethic towards the end. Nice interaction with Reid and Plantinga.
Bud Hewlett
This is another one of my top twenty books, and an excellent supplement to Philosophical Foundations for a Christian World View.
Josiah
Decent intro
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