Timothy Pickavance (Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Texas, Austin) is associate professor of philosophy and co-chair of the philosophy department at Talbot School of Theology.
Everyone has intellectual peers who disagree with us on occasion, sometimes on matters of significant import. Philosophers have recently been asking whether the fact that a peer disagrees with you should affect your confidence in your preferred answer to the disputed question---think, "How should my beliefs be affected by intelligent friend disagreeing with me about, say, religion or politics?" This discussion about disagreement has largely ignored the possible roles for intellectual virtue in responding to disagreement. I hope to begin the process of examining whether careful attention to intellectual virtue might provide insight into the rational response to disagreement.