Jason Baehr (see bio below) examines the intellectual virtues in this discussion. He considers the virtues that are particularly important to cultivate for a flourishing intellectual life. Intellectual virtues are desperately needed in an academic world that is often vitriolic, closed to alternative viewpoints, and uncivil. Unfortunately, these qualities seem prevalent in both Christian and non-Christian contexts. Furthermore, the intellectual virtues are of value in every time and place, simply because they foster an intellectual life that discerns truth, sees beauty, and loves goodness.

Dr. Jason Baehr is from Loyola Marymount and has taught Philosophy since 2003. He has been one of the most influential voices in the field of “virtue epistemology,” which focuses on intellectual virtues like curiosity, attentiveness, intellectual humility, open-mindedness, intellectual courage, and intellectual tenacity. His work includes The Inquiring Mind: On Intellectual Virtues and Virtue Epistemology (Oxford University Press, 2011), as well as editing Intellectual Virtues and Education: Essays in Applied Virtue Epistemology (Routledge, 2016). In 2012, Baehr was awarded two grants from the John Templeton Foundation totaling over $1 million to advance and implement new research at the intersection of virtue epistemology and educational theory and practice.

This Table Talk is from the Intellectual Virtues series.

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