A Personal Worth Conception of Intellectual Virtue

Jason Baehr

in The Inquiring Mind

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199604074
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729300 | DOI:
A Personal Worth Conception of Intellectual Virtue

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The focus of the book shifts in this chapter to intellectual character and virtue considered in their own right. The present chapter is concemed with specifying the underlying or defining nature of an intellectual virtue. An account is offered according to which the traits in question are intellectual virtues because they contribute to their possessor's “personal intellectual worth,” that is, to their possessor's intellectual goodness or badness qua person. The concepts of personal worth simpliciter and personal intellectual worth are explored at length. It is argued that the basis of personal intellectual worth, and thus of intellectual virtue, is a positive psychological orientation toward epistemic goods like knowledge and understanding. Finally, the personal worth account is defended against several potential objections.

Keywords: intellectual virtue; nature of an intellectual virtue; structure of an intellectual virtue; personal intellectual worth

Chapter.  11399 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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