Is there a place for epistemic virtues in theory choice?

Ivanova, Milena (2014). Is there a place for epistemic virtues in theory choice?. In Abrol Fairweather (Ed.), Virtue epistemology naturalized: bridges between virtue epistemology and philosophy of science (pp. 207-226) Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-04672-3_13


Author Ivanova, Milena
Title of chapter Is there a place for epistemic virtues in theory choice?
Title of book Virtue epistemology naturalized: bridges between virtue epistemology and philosophy of science
Place of Publication Cham, Switzerland
Publisher Springer International Publishing
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-04672-3_13
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Series Synthese Library
ISBN 9783319046716
9783319046723
Editor Abrol Fairweather
Volume number 366
Chapter number 13
Start page 207
End page 226
Total pages 20
Total chapters 20
Language eng
Abstract/Summary This paper challenges the appeal to theory virtues in theory choice as well as the appeal to the intellectual and moral virtues of an agent as determining unique choices between empirically equivalent theories. After arguing that theoretical virtues do not determine the choice of one theory at the expense of another theory, I argue that nor does the appeal to intellectual and moral virtues single out one agent, who defends a particular theory, and exclude another agent defending an alternative theory. I analyse Duhem’s concept of good sense and its recent interpretation in terms of virtue epistemology. I argue that the virtue epistemological interpretation does not show how good sense leads to conclusive choices and scientific progress.
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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