Workshop on Epistemic Virtue from the Ancient to Early Modern Period – Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Workshop on Epistemic Virtue from the Ancient to Early Modern Period – Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


Workshop on Epistemic Virtue from the Ancient to Early Modern Period

Workshop on Epistemic Virtue from the Ancient to Early Modern Period

The desire to satisfy our curiosity, engage in inquiry and acquire understanding are remarkable features of a human life. An individual in pursuit of moral and epistemic (intellectual) excellence seeks the truth above all else and avoids error at all costs. Such an individual is obliged to cultivate character traits and skills that help them to achieve the goal of acquiring knowledge and avoiding errors in their judgement and reasoning. What these character traits were and how they participated in the acquisition of knowledge was a widely discussed topic in early modern philosophy. Alongside these discussions, philosophers asked whether intellectual excellence was a reasonable goal for a postlapsarian individual and prescribed practices as wide-ranging as logic, mathematics, natural history, philosophy and rhetoric for their role in cultivating epistemic virtues. This workshop brings together historians of ancient and early modern philosophy to examine the role of virtue in the acquisition of epistemic goods.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Jacqueline Broad (Monash University)
  • Stephen Gaukroger (University of Sydney)
  • Daniel Hutto (University of Wollongong)

Call for abstracts

Submission Guidelines 

We invite abstracts of 250 words for talks that address the topic of epistemic virtue from the ancient to early modern period. We are especially interested in papers that address the following themes:

  • Epistemic virtues as character traits or faculties, including a focus on particular virtues
  • The role of virtue in acquiring epistemic goods such as knowledge, justification and understanding
  • The relationship between moral and epistemic virtues
  • Epistemic virtue and vice
  • The role of the emotions in acquiring epistemic goods
  • The influence of social, political and theological commitments on accounts of epistemic virtue
  • Education and proposals for acquiring epistemic virtues, including logic, mathematics and natural philosophy

However, we welcome submissions that address topics on epistemic virtue that are not listed here. Sessions will be 45mins in length with work in progress papers welcome. Submissions from PhD students or early-career researchers are especially encouraged. Please send your abstract as a PDF or word document to no later than February 05, 2022.

Please note: At the time of organising, this is an in-person event held at The University of Sydney. In order to make the workshop accessible to scholars who are not able to travel to Sydney, a couple of slots will be reserved for online presentations. If you would like your abstract to be considered for an online slot, please indicate this in your email.

Further Inquiries

Please direct any questions about this call to     


  • Laura Kotevska – University of Sydney
  • Anik Waldow – University of Sydney
  • Elena Gordon – University of Sydney

Attendance is free and open to anyone interested in the topics of the workshop. A registration link will be sent in due course. If you would like to join the mailing list for this workshop please sign up here.

April 20-21, 2022 | Times (TBC) will be AEST (UCT +10)

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Apr 20 - 21 2022


Hybrid Event - in person & on Zoom


Department of Philosophy

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