Educating for intellectual virtue in a vicious world

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I offer an overview of Alessandra Tanesini’s discussion of how best to educate for intellectual virtue in the final chapter of her book The Mismeasure of the Self. I identify the unifying theme behind most of her objections to existing approaches, namely that they fail to instil the proper motivations for intellectual virtue, and I raise an issue about whether Tanesini’s preferred approach, self-affirmation, avoids this worry. I argue that it is not clear that it does; in particular, it’s left unclear how self-affirmative interventions are meant to encourage a person’s evaluations of their own intellectual achievements and capacities to be motivated by accuracy or knowledge, as Tanesini requires them to be if they are to be intellectually virtuous rather than vicious.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy
Early online date6 Feb 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Feb 2023

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • education
  • intellectual virtue
  • intellectual vice
  • arrogance
  • exemplarism
  • self-affirmation


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