[SydPhil] UNSW PHILOSOPHY SEMINAR SERIES | David Bronstein (Georgetown): Aristotle’s Virtue Epistemology | 19 March 2019

Heikki Ikaheimo h.ikaheimo at unsw.edu.au
Fri Mar 8 21:20:47 AEDT 2019


Aristotle’s Virtue Epistemology

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Abstract: Contemporary virtue epistemologists such as John Greco and Ernest Sosa argue that cognitive acts have certain normative properties because of the capacities from which they issue: a true belief is justified, and counts as an instance of knowledge, because it issues from one or more of the intellectual virtues. In this paper, I argue that Aristotle is not a virtue epistemologist in the contemporary sense (just as others have recently argued that he is not a virtue ethicist in the contemporary sense). This is because he reverses the direction of analysis characteristic of contemporary virtue theories: it’s not that a cognitive act counts as an instance of knowledge because it issues from intellectual virtue; it’s rather that a capacity constitutes an intellectual virtue because it issues in cognitive acts that are  instances knowledge. I examine Aristotle’s account of virtue across the three domains in which he applies it (craft production, moral action, and cognitive activity), focusing specifically on his account of scientific knowledge. I argue that he thinks a cognitive agent must possess certain intellectual virtues in order to perform an act of scientific knowledge. Nonetheless, I also argue that he denies that the agent’s cognitive act is an instance of scientific knowledge because it issues from such virtues. Aristotle’s act-based virtue epistemology provides a compelling alternative to contemporary agent-based accounts.

Bio: David Bronstein is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Georgetown University. He is the author of Aristotle on Knowledge and Learning: the

Posterior Analytics (OUP, 2016) and several articles on Plato and Aristotle.

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Associate Professor David Bronstein, Georgetown University

Event Details:

Tuesday, 19 March 2019
12:30 – 2:00 pm
Goldstein, Room G05
Kensington Campus, UNSW

No RSVP required.

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Contact: Heikki Ikäheimo
e: h.ikaheimo at unsw.edu.au<mailto:h.ikaheimo at unsw.edu.au>

UNSW Arts & Social Sciences
UNSW Sydney,
NSW 2052

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