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The Epistemic Virtue of Deference

Ahlstrom-Vij, Kristoffer (2018) The Epistemic Virtue of Deference. In: Battaly, Heather, ed. The Routledge Handbook of Virtue Epistemology. Routledge, London. ISBN 978-0-367-57108-5. (doi:10.4324/9781315712550) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:47385)

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Abstract

The majority of virtue theorists have taken their cue from Aristotle. This chapter argues that plausible theory in John Stuart Mill and Julia Driver's work— a theory. It outlines a consequentialist account of epistemic virtue. That account will then be put to use in defining the virtue that is the main object of study: the epistemic virtue of deference. The chapter looks at what informed sources can do to bring about deference, and thereby instill virtues of deference, in light of social psychological evidence on deference and compliance. It refers to as a complementary epistemic virtue of lending an ear that in turn will be related to philosophical work on open-mindedness. The chapter responds to two concerns about the present account to the effect that it sanctions gullibility and is manipulative. It considers a particular epistemic virtue, spelled out in aforementioned, consequentialist terms: the epistemic virtue of deference.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.4324/9781315712550
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2015 11:53 UTC
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2021 11:10 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/47385 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)

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Ahlstrom-Vij, Kristoffer.

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