Knowledge, Dexterity, and Attention

A Theory of Epistemic Agency

; Carlos Montemayor

Knowledge, Dexterity, and Attention

Contemporary cognitive science clearly tells us that attention is modulated for speech and action. While these forms of goal-directed attention are very well researched in psychology, they have not been sufficiently studied by epistemologists. Les mer
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Knowledge, Dexterity, and Attention

Contemporary cognitive science clearly tells us that attention is modulated for speech and action. While these forms of goal-directed attention are very well researched in psychology, they have not been sufficiently studied by epistemologists. In this book, Abrol Fairweather and Carlos Montemayor develop and defend a theory of epistemic achievements that requires the manifestation of cognitive agency. They examine empirical work on the psychology of attention and assertion, and use it to ground a normative theory of epistemic achievements and virtues. The resulting study is the first sustained, naturalized virtue epistemology, and will be of interest to readers in epistemology, cognitive science, and beyond.

Introduction: why only agents are knowers; 1. Epistemic virtue, reliable attention and cognitive constitution; 2. Meta-epistemology and epistemic agency; 3. Success semantics and the etiology of success; 4. Epistemic agency; 5. Assertion as epistemic motivation; 6. Curiosity and epistemic achievement; 7. Collective agency, assertion and information.

This title provides the first thorough defense of a naturalized virtue epistemology.

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