Epistemic Virtue and the Epistemology of Education


  • Duncan Pritchard

Correspondence: Duncan Pritchard, Department of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh, Dugald Stewart Building, Edinburgh EH8 9AD, UK.

Email: duncan.pritchard@ed.ac.uk


A certain conception of the relevance of virtue epistemology to the philosophy of education is set out. On this conception, while the epistemic goal of education might initially be promoting the pupil's cognitive success, it should ultimately move on to the development of the pupil's cognitive agency. A continuum of cognitive agency is described, on which it is ultimately cognitive achievement, and thus understanding, which is the epistemic goal of education. This is contrasted with a view on which knowledge is the epistemic goal.