Graduate student Fernando Alvear selected as winner of 2020 Scott T. Davey Memorial Prize for Excellence in MA Research

Congratulations to graduate student Fernando Alvear! 

The department is pleased to announce that Fernando is the winner of this year's Scott T. Davey Memorial Prize for Excellence in MA Research, given in memory of graduate student Scott T. Davey (1976-2009). 

The award is given in part for his paper, "Robust Virtue Epistemology and the Anti-Individualist Challenge." 

His paper is about virtue epistemologies, which have a problem incorporating results from social epistemology. In particular, since they conceive knowledge-related properties in terms of an individual's intellectual virtues, they seem not well suited to account for cases in which features outside the epistemic agent (such as the environment and social communities) have an important role on knowledge-acquisition. In the paper, Fernando examines John Greco's account of knowledge in terms of success from ability (2010, 2012), explains how his account deals with cases of testimonial knowledge, and defends it from some of its critics. 

Prior to the Philosophy PhD program, Fernando obtained a BA and a MA in Philosophy at Universidad Alberto Hurtado (Chile). His main interest lies in Epistemology, particularly Social Epistemology and Virtue Epistemology. He is also interested in issues in Pragmatics, Moral Psychology, and Philosophy of Technology.