E. Education; Philosophy of Deliberative Democracy > Ian Kidd on "Educating for Intellectual Humility"

Ian Kidd has a new draft paper available on "Educating for Intellectual Humility":

Abstract. "The claim that education ought to be directed to the cultivation of virtues enjoys both venerable precedent and growing contemporary popularity. Many contemporary philosophical virtue theorists have begun to restore the sense of an intimacy between virtue, character, and ‘the good life’, and, in turn, philosophers of education explore the ways that educational practice could contribute to the cultivation of virtuous character. Certainly many philosophers and educationalists will agree with Ben Kotzee that it is ‘obvious’ that education ought to ‘form good intellectual character’ (2013: p.163). I am sympathetic to this claim, but also sensitive to the worries of those sceptics who ask about the practical, pedagogical, and philosophical issues it raises. Central among these concerns of such sceptics is what sorts of virtues should be educated for, a concern amplified by the fact that virtue ethicists and epistemologists have identified and offered complex accounts of so many candidate virtues.
My purpose in this chapter is to contribute to the revival of aretaic conceptions of education, but in a way sensitive to those sceptics’ concerns. Specifically, I offer an account of the specific virtue of intellectual humility, then show its integral role in a range of familiar educational practices and concerns, and finally describe how certain entrenched educational attitudes and conceptions marginalise or militate against the cultivation and exercise of this virtue. The chapter ends by suggesting that educational attitudes, practices, and systems can be appraised according to the extent to which they are conductive to the cultivation and exercise of virtues and vices: or more simply, whether they are edifying or corrupting.
August 29, 2014 | Registered CommenterGuy Axtell