A Case for an Historical Vice Epistemology


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Ian James Kidd
Nottingham University
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This paper aims to encourage and guide greater engagement between contemporary vice epistemology and the work of intellectual and social historians. My view is that studies of the nature and significance of epistemic vices can be enriched by engaging with the methods and results of the historians who share our interest in epistemic character and its failings. Naturally, enrichment incurs certain costs, including complications about the nature, significance, and identity of epistemic vices as they have been conceived in different times and cultures. Epistemic vices have histories that are worth our attention. I think, too, that adopting a historically informed approach to studying epistemic vices also means asking new questions and rethinking some of accepted answers. So, more work, but much fruit.
Keywords vice epistemology  virtue epistemology  intellectual history  historiography
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