What is an epistemic virtue? Are epistemic virtues reliable? Are they motivated by a love of truth? Do epistemic virtues produce knowledge and understanding? How can we develop epistemic virtues? The Routledge Handbook of Virtue Epistemology answers all of these questions. This landmark volume provides a pluralistic and comprehensive picture of the field of virtue epistemology. It is the first large-scale volume of its kind on the topic. Composed of 41 chapters, all published here for the first time, it breaks new ground in four areas.

    1. It articulates the structure and features of epistemic virtues.
    2. It provides in-depth analyses of 10 individual epistemic virtues.
    3. It examines the connections between epistemic virtue, knowledge, and understanding.
    4. It applies virtue epistemology, and explores its impact on related fields.

The contributing authors are pioneers in the study of epistemic virtue. This volume is an outstanding resource for students and scholars in philosophy, as well as researchers in intersecting fields, including education, psychology, political science, and women’s studies. 

chapter |14 pages


part I|126 pages

Epistemic Virtues: General Structure and Features

chapter 1|11 pages

Telic Virtue Epistemology

chapter 11|12 pages

There Are No Epistemic Virtues

part II|132 pages

Analyses of Individual Epistemic Virtues

chapter 12|14 pages


chapter 13|12 pages

Curiosity and Inquisitiveness

chapter 14|11 pages

Creativity as an Epistemic Virtue

chapter 15|18 pages

Intellectual Humility

chapter 18|11 pages


chapter 21|15 pages

Intellectual Perseverance

part III|106 pages

Epistemic Virtues, Knowledge, and Understanding

chapter 22|12 pages

Virtue, Knowledge, and Achievement

part IV|145 pages

Virtue Epistemology: Application and Impact

chapter 31|13 pages

Feminist Virtue Epistemology

chapter 38|13 pages

Virtue Epistemology and Education