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ERIC Number: EJ1104273
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0309-8249
The Virtues of Unknowing
Smith, Richard
Journal of Philosophy of Education, v50 n2 p272-284 May 2016
Traditional epistemology is often said to have reached an impasse, and recent interest in virtue epistemology supposedly marks a turn away from philosophers' traditional focus on problems of knowledge and truth. Yet that focus re-emerges, especially among "reliabilist" virtue epistemologists. I argue for a more "responsibilist" approach and for the importance of some of the quieter and gentler epistemic virtues, by contrast with the tough-minded ones that are currently popular in education. In particular I make a case for what I here call "unknowing": a positive state that is not the same as ignorance. I acknowledge the mystical connotations of the term, and suggest that there is a strong interest in unknowing in writers such as Plato, Kierkegaard and Nietzsche. In their style of philosophising they also address the paradox of being knowing about unknowingness itself.
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Language: English
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