Virtue and Vice, Moral and Epistemic (Metaphilosophy) by Heather Battaly

By Heather Battaly

Advantage and Vice, ethical and Epistemic provides a chain of essays via major ethicists and epistemologists who provide the most recent considering at the ethical and highbrow virtues and vices, the constitution of advantage idea, and the connections among advantage and emotion.   Cuts throughout fields of philosophical inquiry through that includes a twin concentrate on ethics and epistemologyFeatures state-of-the-art paintings at the ethical and highbrow virtues and vices, the constitution of advantage conception, and the connections among advantage and emotionPresents a thorough new ethical conception that makes exemplars the basis of ethics; and new theories of epistemic vices akin to epistemic malevolence and epistemic self-indulgenceRepresents one of many few collections to handle either the ethical virtues and the epistemic virtuesExplores a brand new method in epistemology - advantage epistemology - which emphasizes the significance of highbrow personality features

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These are, however, somewhat murky waters. A lot of writing in virtue ethics has been either primarily critical of other views or concerned to promote a particular substantive position. There has not been a great deal of discussion of exactly what virtue ethics is. On the face of it, this might seem no bad thing. Philosophers probably spend too much time on creating and polishing pigeonholes rather than getting on with answering fundamental philosophical questions. But the question is of course unavoidable when the claim under examination itself concerns a philosophical position.

In contrast, a city map does not seek to justify the layout of a city, it seeks only to depict it. If a moral theory is intended to explain our moral beliefs and practices in a way that can lead us to revise those practices, it is natural to wonder how a theory can do that. For whom is a theory intended? Would we want to promulgate it for the whole society? Is it instead for moral leaders? Or is there a class of people whose business it is to produce moral theories—the moral philosophers? I assume it is the latter.

8 For other broadly Aristotelian conceptions of virtue epistemology, see Code 1987; Montmarquet 1993; Zagzebski 1996. VIRTUE ETHICS AND VIRTUE EPISTEMOLOGY 29 As regards the synchronic/diachronic distinction,9 there seems no difficulty in carrying across the distinction to epistemology in cases where the actualization of a disposition makes it appropriate. So the thought would be that this particular instance of creativity, open-mindedness, or believing is admirable partly because it is caused—in an appropriate way—by a stable or reliable disposition.

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