Educating for intellectual humility and conviction

Duncan Pritchard

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It is argued that two plausible goals of the educational enterprise are (i) to develop the intellectual character, and thus the intellectual virtues, of the student, and (ii) to develop the student's intellectual self‐confidence, such that they are able to have conviction in what they believe. On the face of it, however, these two educational goals seem to be in tension with one another, at least insofar as intellectual humility is a genuine intellectual virtue. This is because intellectual humility seems to require that one does not have conviction in one's beliefs. It is argued that this tension can be avoided so long as we have the right account of intellectual humility in play. This enables us to understand what educating for intellectual humility might involve, and how it might co‐exist with the educational development of a student's intellectual self‐confidence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)398-409
JournalJournal of Philosophy of Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2020

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