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With the advent of contemporary virtue epistemology, many philosophers of knowledge have turned their attention to intellectual virtues and their role in the life of the mind. This entry examines two general concepts of intellectual virtue and the theoretical uses to which they have been put. It is shown that “reliabilist” and “responsibilist” approaches to virtue epistemology, while emphasizing different aspects of cognition, are more closely aligned than they initially appear to be. The ethical significance of intellectual virtues is also considered. In particular, intellectual virtues are shown to occupy an important role in moral perception and practical reasoning.

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Baehr, J. (2018). Intellectual Virtue. In International Encyclopedia of Ethics (pp. 1–9). John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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