Virtuous insightfulness

Carter, J. A. (2017) Virtuous insightfulness. Episteme, 14(4), pp. 539-554. (doi: 10.1017/epi.2016.37)

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Insight often strikes us blind; when we aren’t expecting it, we suddenly see a connection that previously eluded us—a kind of ‘Aha!’ experience. People with a propensity to such experiences are regarded as insightful, and insightfulness is a paradigmatic intellectual virtue. What’s not clear, however, is just what it is in virtue of which being such that these experiences tend to happen to one renders one intellectually virtuous. This paper draws from both virtue epistemology as well as empirical work on the psychology of problem solving and creativity to make some inroads in accounting for insightfulness as an intellectual virtue. Important to the view advanced is that virtuously insightful individuals manifest certain skills which both cultivate insight experiences (even if not by directly bringing them about) and enable such individuals to move in an epistemically responsible way from insight experience to epistemic endorsement.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Carter, Dr J Adam
Authors: Carter, J. A.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Journal Name:Episteme
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN (Online):1750-0117
Published Online:12 December 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Cambridge University Press
First Published:First published in Episteme 14(4):539-554
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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