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Knowledge, Dexterity, and Attention: A Theory of Epistemic Agency

Knowledge, Dexterity, and Attention: A Theory of Epistemic Agency

by Abrol Fairweather, Carlos Montemayor


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9781107461574
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/03/2019
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 5.91(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

Abrol Fairweather is Lecturer in Philosophy at San Francisco State University. He has edited several volumes on virtue epistemology, including Virtue Epistemology (with Linda Zagzebski, 2001), Naturalizing Epistemic Virtue (with Own Flanagan, 2014), and Epistemic Situationism (with Mark Alfano, 2017).

Carlos Montemayor is Associate Professor of Philosophy at San Francisco State University. He is the author of Minding Time: A Philosophical and Theoretical Approach to the Psychology of Time (2013) and Consciousness, Attention, and Conscious Attention (with H. H. Haladjian, 2015).

Table of Contents

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.

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