The epistemic virtues,
as identified by virtue epistemologists
, reflect their contention that belief is an ethical process, and thus susceptible to the intellectual virtue
of one's own life and personal experiences. Epistemology
is the branch of philosophy
concerned with the question "How do we know?" Some epistemic virtues have been identified by W. Jay Wood
, based on research into the medieval
tradition. The list below substantially overlaps with his.
Note that in this context curiosity bears the modern connotation of inquisitiveness, in contrast to the medieval connotation of attraction to unwholesome things.
These can be contrasted to the epistemic vices such as:
Note that in this context curiosity bears the medieval connotation of attraction to unwholesome things, in contrast to the positive studious (or perhaps inquisitive).