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Epistemology: Becoming Intellectually Virtuous
Inter-varsity Press / 1998 / Paperback
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What have wisdom, prudence, and studiousness to do with justifying our beliefs? Taking an extended look at the idea of knowing within the context of the intellectual virtues, Wood surveys current views of foundationalism, epistemic justification, and reliabilism; then examines the relationship of epistemology to religious belief and the role of emotions in proper cognitive functioning. 216 pages, softcover from InterVarsity.
How do we know what we know? What have wisdom, prudence and studiousness to do with justifying our beliefs? Jay Wood begins this introduction to epistemology by taking an extended look at the idea of knowing within the context of the intellectual virtues. He then surveys current views of foundationalism, epistemic justification and reliabilism. Finally he examines the relationship of epistemology to religious belief, and the role of emotions and virtues in proper cognitive functioning Professors will find this text, with its many examples drawn from everyday student experience, especially useful in introducing students to the formal study of epistemology.
W. Jay Wood (Ph.D., Notre Dame) is professor in the philosophy department at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois.
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