[SydPhil] CAVE Seminar: Robert Audi (Notre Dame), "Intellectual Virtue, Knowledge, and Justification", May 26, 3pm

Centre for Agency, Values, and Ethics arts.cave at mq.edu.au
Mon May 9 11:39:48 AEST 2016

Hi all,

The Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values, and Ethics (CAVE) is pleased to announce its next seminar, to be given by Robert Audi (Notre Dame).

Title: Intellectual Virtue, Knowledge, and Justification

Date: Thursday 26 May
Time: 15:00 - 16:30

Venue: Building W6A 107, Macquarie University

Abstract: Twentieth-century epistemology might be plausibly considered predominantly atomistic, focusing mainly on individual beliefs and instances of knowledge of specific propositions. Since at least the 1990s, however, we have seen progressively more theorizing in which the focus is holistic, with elements of intellectual character receiving intensive study and taken to clarify conditions under which individual beliefs are justified or constitute knowledge.  This essay is primarily concerned with intellectual character.  It assumes that knowledge and justification are importantly different concerns of epistemology and pursues the question whether we might fruitfully distinguish intellectual virtues in relation to the relative importance of these two elements in their constitution.  It is argued that some intellectual virtues might be fruitfully considered knowledge-based, whereas others are plausibly viewed as justification-based and still others have a more complicated basis.  The paper also explores the manifestations, as distinct from the basis, of intellectual traits.  The result is an outline of an account of intellectual virtue and, in that light, a wider conception of intellectual character than the leading conceptions of it presented in recent epistemological literature.

About the speaker: Robert Audi is John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, and Professorial Fellow at Australian Catholic University. His major work focused on epistemology, ethics (especially ethical intuitionism), political philosophy, religious epistemology and the philosophy of mind and action. Some of his recent books include: Moral Perception (Princeton UP, 2013); Democratic Authority and the Separation of Church and State (Oxford UP, 2011); Rationality and Religious Commitment (Oxford UP, 2011); Epistemology: A Contemporary Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge (Routledge, 3rd ed, 2010); Business Ethics and Ethical Business (Oxford UP, 2009); Moral Value and Human Diversity (Oxford UP, 2007); and The Good in the Right: A Theory of Intuition and Intrinsic Value (Princeton UP, 2004). Prof Audi has served as president of the American Philosophical Association (Central Division, 1987-1988) and is general editor of The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy (3rd edition, 2015).

All welcome, no registration required.

Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics (CAVE)
Department of Philosophy
Macquarie University
Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia
CAVE website: mq.edu.au/cave<http://cave.mq.edu.au>

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