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The Inquiring MindOn Intellectual Virtues and Virtue Epistemology$
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Jason Baehr

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199604074

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604074.001.0001

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On the Distinction between Intellectual and Moral Virtues

On the Distinction between Intellectual and Moral Virtues

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(p.206) Appendix On the Distinction between Intellectual and Moral Virtues
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The Inquiring Mind
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Jason Baehr

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604074.003.0011

The Appendix examines the relationship between intellectual virtues, conceived as character traits, and what are typically thought of as moral virtues. Three possible accounts of this relation are considered: (1) what we call “intellectual virtues” just are moral virtues; (2) intellectual virtues are a proper subset of moral virtues; and (3) intellectual virtues are fundamentally distinct from moral virtues. A position is defended according to which a trait's being an intellectual virtue depends on its being internally orientated toward distinctively epistemic goods, while a trait's being a moral virtue depends on its being others‐regarding. The result is that there is substantial overlap between the class of intellectual virtues and the class of moral virtues and that consequently a position somewhere between (2) and (3) is correct.

Keywords:   intellectual vs. moral virtue, scope of the moral, virtue and human flourishing, egoism and virtues, others‐regarding virtues, Julia Driver

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