Achieving Knowledge: A Virtue-Theoretic Account of Epistemic by John Greco

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After we verify (or deny) that somebody is familiar with anything, we're creating a price judgment of varieties - we're claiming that there's whatever greater (or inferior) approximately that person's opinion, or their facts, or maybe approximately them. A important activity of the idea of information is to enquire one of these evaluate at factor. this can be the 1st publication to make 'epistemic normativity,' or the normative measurement of information and information ascriptions, its significant concentration. John Greco argues that wisdom is a type of fulfillment, instead of mere fortunate good fortune. This locates wisdom inside a broader, wide-spread normative area. by means of reflecting on our considering and practices during this area, it truly is argued, we achieve perception into what wisdom is and what sort of worth it has for us.

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7 of reasons. First, rule theorists in both ethics and epistemology tend to speak in terms of obligation and duty, and so rule-based theories and duty-based theories in both fields tend to overlap. A case in point is Kant’s moral theory, which I here use as a paradigmatic instance of the kind of theory that I am targeting. Second, I am here influenced by Anscombe’s classic paper, cited above, which argues that the close relationship between rule-based theories and duty-based theories is not accidental.

In Section 4 I briefly argue that a virtue-theoretic account can avoid the objections raised against both kinds of deontological theory. Again, a virtue-theoretic account becomes especially attractive in the light of the considerations here raised against deontological theories. 2 T h e a rgu m e n t ag a i ns t w e a k de on t ol o g ic a l t h e or i e s The argument against weak deontological theories claims that etiology is important for knowledge. In other words, in cases of knowledge it matters why one believes what one does.

First, rule theorists in both ethics and epistemology tend to speak in terms of obligation and duty, and so rule-based theories and duty-based theories in both fields tend to overlap. A case in point is Kant’s moral theory, which I here use as a paradigmatic instance of the kind of theory that I am targeting. Second, I am here influenced by Anscombe’s classic paper, cited above, which argues that the close relationship between rule-based theories and duty-based theories is not accidental. Anscombe argues that in moral philosophy the language of duty and obligation is rooted in a conception of ethics that centers on the notion of moral law.

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