This collection of 19 chapters, all appearing in print here for the first time and written by an international team of established and emerging scholars, explores the place of intellectual virtues and vices in a social world. Relevant virtues include open-mindedness, curiosity, intellectual courage, diligence in inquiry, and the like. Relevant vices include dogmatism, need for immediate certainty, and gullibility and the like.

The chapters are divided into four key sections: Foundational Issues; Individual Virtues; Collective Virtues; and Methods and Measurements. And the chapters explore the most salient questions in this areas of research, including: How are individual intellectual virtues and vices affected by their social contexts? Does being in touch with other open-minded people make us more open-minded? Conversely, does connection to other dogmatic people make us more dogmatic? Can groups possess virtues and vices distinct from those of their members? For instance, could a group of dogmatic individuals operate in an open-minded way despite the vices of its members?

Each chapter receives commentary from two other authors in the volume, and each original author then replies to these commentaries. Together, the authors form part of a collective conversation about how we can know about what we know. In so doing, they not only theorize but enact social virtue epistemology.

chapter |12 pages


A Research Program for Social Virtue Epistemology

part I|157 pages

Foundational Issues

chapter 1b|3 pages

Commentary from Neil Levy

chapter 2|25 pages


On the Cognitive Virtues of Attention

chapter 2b|4 pages

Commentary from J. Adam Carter

chapter 2c|3 pages

Commentary from S. Goldberg

chapter 3b|3 pages

Commentary from Heather Battaly

chapter 3c|4 pages

Commentary from Georgi Gardener

chapter 4b|3 pages

Commentary from Steven Bland

chapter 4c|3 pages

Commentary from Quassim Cassam

chapter 4d|3 pages

Neil Levy's Response to Commentaries

chapter 5c|2 pages

Commentary from Thi Nguyen

part II|130 pages

Individual Virtues and Vices

chapter 6c|3 pages

Commentary from Marco Meyer

chapter 7|22 pages

Expectations of Expertise

Boot-Strapping in Social Epistemology 1

chapter 8c|3 pages

Commentary from Colin Klein

chapter 9|22 pages

Playfulness Versus Epistemic Traps

chapter 9b|3 pages

Commentary from Ian James Kidd

chapter 9c|4 pages

Commentary from Lani Watson

part III|150 pages

Collective Virtues and Vices

chapter 10|22 pages


Virtue or Vice?

chapter 10b|4 pages

Commentary from T. Ryan Byerly

chapter 10c|3 pages

Commentary from Duncan Pritchard

chapter 11b|3 pages

Commentary from Jeroen de Ridder

chapter 11c|3 pages

Commentary from S. Kate Devitt

chapter 12b|3 pages

Commentary from Kate Devitt

chapter 12c|4 pages

Commentary from Heidi Grasswick

chapter 14|18 pages

The Social Virtue of Questioning

A Genealogical Account

chapter 14b|3 pages

Commentary from J. Adam Carter

chapter 14c|3 pages

Commentary from S. Goldberg

part IV|161 pages

Methods and Measurements

chapter 15b|3 pages

Commentary from Heather Battaly

chapter 15c|4 pages

Commentary from Marco Meyer

chapter 17|20 pages

Measuring Social Epistemic Virtues

A Field Guide

chapter 17b|3 pages

Commentary from T. Ryan Byerly

chapter 17c|4 pages

Commentary from Alessandra Tanesini

chapter 18|19 pages

Learning from Ranters

The Effect of Information Resistance on the Epistemic Quality of Social Network Deliberation