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Intellectual Courage

Jason Baehr

in The Inquiring Mind

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199604074
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729300 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604074.003.0009
Intellectual Courage

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This chapter provides an account of intellectual courage is defended according to which intellectual courage is a disposition to persist in a doxastic state (e.g. belief) or course of action (e.g. inquiry) aimed at an epistemic good despite the fact that doing so involves an apparent threat to one's well‐being. In the course of this defense, several additional questions and issues are addressed, including the significance of fear and danger relative to the essential “context” of intellectual courage, the sorts of states and activities in which intellectual courage can be manifested, and when or under what conditions an exercise of intellectual courage is virtuous. The upshot of this and the preceding three chapters is that some form of “autonomous” character‐based virtue epistemology is viable.

Keywords: intellectual virtue; intellectual courage; fear and courage; doxastic voluntarism; ill‐motivated courage

Chapter.  12767 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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