Faculty Publications

Title

Evaluating need for cognition: A case study in naturalistic epistemic virtue theory

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Bias, Cognitive effort, Epistemic virtue theory, Naturalistic epistemology, Need for cognition, Virtue epistemology

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Philosophical Psychology

Volume

20

Issue

2

First Page

227

Last Page

245

Abstract

The recent literature on epistemic virtues advances two general projects. The first is virtue epistemology, an attempt to explicate key epistemic notions in terms of epistemic virtue. The second is epistemic virtue theory, the conceptual and normative investigation of cognitive traits of character. While a great deal of work has been done in virtue epistemology, epistemic virtue theory still languishes in a state of neglect. Furthermore, the existing work is non-naturalistic. The present paper contributes to the development of a naturalistic epistemic virtue theory by presenting a virtue-theoretic evaluation of need for cognition as informed by the relevant psychological studies.

Original Publication Date

4-1-2007

DOI of published version

10.1080/09515080701200025

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