Reid on Testimony, and Virtue Epistemology

Philosophical News 4 (2012)
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Reid thought that testimony possesses positive epistemic value. Epistemic autonomy is not necessarily the royal road to truth; nor is credulity a systematic epistemic fault and indeed, it can be an intellectual virtue. Even though the notion of epistemic virtue does not explicitly appear in Reid’s epistemology, it seems inherent to his views that what will give a heteronomous agent exercising the social operations of the mind the best chance to acquire and develop true beliefs is the epistemic virtues that permit her to recognize reliable authorities. This is why it seems to me possible to associate Reid with to the virtue epistemology tradition

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