What is inquisitiveness

Lani Watson

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This paper offers an in-depth examination of the intellectual virtue of inquisitiveness. A characterisation of inquisitiveness is developed in Part I in which the inquisitive person is identified as one who is characteristically motivated to engage sincerely in good questioning. Part II examines the place of inquisitiveness among the virtues. Inquisitiveness is seen to bear a defining relationship to the process of inquiry as a fundamentally motivating intellectual virtue. On this basis, it is argued that inquisitiveness plays a distinctively valuable role in the intellectually virtuous life, placing it at the heart of autonomous virtue epistemology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-288
JournalAmerican Philosophical Quarterly
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2015

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • inquisitiveness
  • intellectual virtue
  • virtue epistemology


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