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Acta Analytica

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 295–309 | Cite as

Core and Ancillary Epistemic Virtues

  • Terry Horgan
  • Matjaž Potrč
  • Vojko StrahovnikEmail author
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Abstract

We argue, primarily by appeal to phenomenological considerations related to the experiential aspects of agency, that belief fixation is broadly agentive; although it is rarely (if ever) voluntary, nonetheless, it is phenomenologically agentive because of its significant phenomenological similarities to voluntary-agency experience. An important consequence is that epistemic rationality, as a central feature of belief fixation, is an agentive notion. This enables us to introduce and develop a distinction between core and ancillary epistemic virtues. Core epistemic virtues involve several inter-related kinds of epistemic rationality in belief fixation. Other “habits of mind” pertinent to belief fixation constitute ancillary epistemic virtues. Finally, we discuss the relationship between both kinds of virtues, offering a unified account of epistemic virtuousness.

Keywords

Epistemic virtuousness Agency Rationality Truth Ancillary epistemic virtues 

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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  2. 2.Faculty of ArtsUniversity of LjubljanaLjubljanaSlovenia
  3. 3.Faculty of TheologyUniversity of LjubljanaLjubljanaSlovenia

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