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Ernest Sosa

Ernest Sosa
Born (1940-06-17) June 17, 1940
Cárdenas, Cuba
Era 21st-century philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School Analytic
Main interests
Metaphysics · Epistemology · Philosophy of mind
Notable ideas
Virtue epistemology

Ernest Sosa (born June 17, 1940) is an American philosopher primarily interested in epistemology.[1] He is Board of Governors Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University. He has been at Rutgers full-time since January 2007; he had been at Brown University since 1964. While full-time at Brown, he was also a distinguished visiting professor at Rutgers every spring from 1998-2006.[2]


He is one of the leading contemporary epistemologists, and has also written on metaphysics, modern philosophy and philosophy of mind. In his books Knowledge in Perspective (1991) and A Virtue Epistemology (2007), Sosa defends a form of virtue epistemology called "virtue perspectivism", which distinguishes animal knowledge from reflective knowledge. Born in Cárdenas, Cuba on June 17, 1940,[3] Sosa earned his BA and MA from the University of Miami and his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in 1964 where his dissertation was supervised by Nicholas Rescher.

Sosa is a past president of the American Philosophical Association and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.[2]

He edits the philosophical journals Noûs[4] and Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.[5] In 2005, he delivered the John Locke Lectures at Oxford,[6] which formed the basis of his 2007 book.

He was also the 2010 recipient of the Nicholas Rescher Prize for contributions to systematic philosophy, conferred by the University of Pittsburgh biennially.

His son, David Sosa, is a professor and chair of the philosophy department at the University of Texas, Austin.


  • Knowledge in Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 1991)
  • Epistemic Justification (Blackwell Publishers, 2003), with L. BonJour
  • Ernest Sosa and his Critics, ed by J. Greco (Blackwell, 2004)
  • A Virtue Epistemology (Oxford University Press, 2007)
  • Reflective Knowledge (Oxford University Press, 2009)
  • Knowing Full Well (Princeton University Press, 2011)
  • Virtuous Thoughts: The Philosophy of Ernest Sosa, ed by J. Turri (Springer 2013)

See also


  1. ^ Date information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF) .
  2. ^ a b Ernest Sosa. "Ernest Sosa - Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae". Retrieved July 23, 2011. 
  3. ^ The dictionary of modern American philosophers, Volume 1 by Richard T. Hull, Continuum International Publishing Group, 2005, p.2287.
  4. ^ "Noûs - Journal Information". Wiley Blackwell. 2010. Retrieved July 23, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Philosophy and Phenomenological Research - Journal Information". Wiley Blackwell. 2011. Retrieved July 23, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Past Lectures - Faculty of Philosophy". Retrieved July 23, 2011. 

External links

  • Ernest Sosa's home page

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