A. Virtue Epistemology > Philip Olson on "Virtue, Value,and the Internalism/Externalism Debate."

Phil Olson's paper "Putting Knowledge in its Place: Virtue, value,and the internalism/Externalism Debate, highlighted earlier as a draft, has been pubished in Phil. Papers, Philos Stud (2012) 159:241–261 DOI 10.1007/s11098-011-9700-y

Abstract Traditionally, the debate between epistemological internalists and externalists has centered on the value of knowledge and its justification. A ‘‘value pluralist,’’ virtue-theoretic approach to epistemology allows us to accept what I shall call the ‘‘insight of externalism’’ while still acknowledging the importance of internalists’ insistence on the value of reflection. Intellectual virtue can function as the unifying consideration in a study of a host of epistemic values, including understanding, wisdom, and what I call ‘‘articulate reflection.’’ Each of these epistemic values is a good internal to inquiry. Thus, an inquiry-based conception of virtue is
particularly well suited to help us account for a wide variety of epistemic goods, without reducing the value of those many goods to their contribution to the value of knowledge. Moreover, an inquiry-based conception of virtue can function as the unifying consideration in a general study of value, the scope of which is not restricted to epistemic value.

Keywords Knowledge - Internalism - Externalism - Virtue - Value -
Understanding - Articulate reflection - Inquiry
May 28, 2013 | Registered CommenterGuy Axtell