The Fall 2015 Table Talks will examine the intellectual virtues. This continues a discussion on human flourishing we began last semester, turning our attention to virtues that are particularly important to cultivate for a flourishing intellectual life. Intellectual virtues are desperately needed in an academic world that is often vitriolic, closed to alternative viewpoints, and uncivil. Unfortunately, these qualities seem prevalent in both Christian and non-Christian contexts. Furthermore, the intellectual virtues are of value in every time and place, simply because they foster an intellectual life that discerns truth, sees beauty, and loves goodness.
Dr. Jason Baehr from Loyola Marymount is our first speaker. He has taught Philosophy since 2003. He has been one of the most influential voices in the field of “virtue epistemology,” which focuses on intellectual virtues like curiosity, attentiveness, intellectual humility, open-mindedness, intellectual courage, and intellectual tenacity. His work includes The Inquiring Mind: On Intellectual Virtues and Virtue Epistemology (Oxford University Press, 2011), as well as editing Intellectual Virtues and Education: Essays in Applied Virtue Epistemology (Routledge, forth