Descartes and Virtue Epistemology

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This chapter aims to provide an account of Descartes's project in the Meditations that will fit various passages in the text that are incompatible with earlier interpretations. It emerges that Descartes upholds in all of its parts an epistemology that has come to be knows on the contemporary scene as "virtue epistemology." This is the robust virtue epistemology that takes epistemic normativity to be the AAA performance normativity of accuracy, adroitness, and aptness, that distinguishes between animal and reflective knowledge, and that embraces epistemic circularity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationReason, Metaphysics, and Mind
Subtitle of host publicationNew Essays on the Philosophy of Alvin Plantinga
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199932184
ISBN (Print)9780199766864
StatePublished - May 24 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


  • Animal knowledge
  • Apt belief
  • Descartes
  • Epistemic circularity
  • Reflective knowledge
  • Virtue epistemology


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