ERIC Number: EJ1116831
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Open-Mindedness: An Intellectual Virtue in the Pursuit of Knowledge and Understanding
Taylor, Rebecca M.
Educational Theory, v66 n5 p599-618 Oct 2016
Open-mindedness is widely valued as an important intellectual virtue. Definitional debates about open-mindedness have focused on whether open-minded believers must possess a particular first-order attitude toward their beliefs or a second-order attitude toward themselves as believers, taking it for granted that open-mindedness is motivated by the pursuit of propositional knowledge. In this article, Rebecca Taylor develops an alternative to knowledge-centered accounts of open-mindedness. Drawing on recent work in epistemology that reclaims understanding as a primary epistemic good, Taylor argues for an expanded account of open-mindedness as an intellectual virtue motivated by the pursuit of both knowledge and understanding. Incorporating understanding allows for a more robust account of open-mindedness that better accommodates common usage, avoids common criticisms, and better explains the widespread acceptance of open-mindedness as an important intellectual virtue. Taylor also identifies the connections between open-mindedness and several other intellectual virtues, including intellectual humility, intellectual courage, and intellectual diligence.
Descriptors: Intellectual Development, Intellectual Experience, Beliefs, Theory of Mind, Epistemology, Definitions
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