Can Closed-mindedness be an Intellectual Virtue?

Friday, November 16, 2018
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (ET)
OCL Gest 101
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Susan Penn
î ºDistinguished Visitors-Philosophy

Distinguished Visitor Heather Battaly, professor, University of Connecticut

Is closed-mindedness always an intellectual vice? Are there conditions in which it might be an intellectual virtue? This paper adopts a working analysis of closed-mindedness as an unwillingness or inability to engage seriously with relevant intellectual options. In standard cases, closed-mindedness will be an intellectual vice. But, in  hostile environments, closed-mindedness will be an intellectual virtue.

Heather Battaly is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut. She is the author of Virtue (2015), and editor of the Routledge Handbook of Virtue Epistemology (2018). She has written about the virtues of intellectual humility and intellectual perseverance, and is currently writing a book on the intellectual vice of closed-mindedness. 

Tea at 1:15 p.m.

Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy in conjunction with the Distinguished Visitors Program 

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