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Robert C. Roberts, Janelle Aijian, Gregg Ten Elshof& Jason Baehr

How to grow your intellectual character

Professor of Ethics and Emotion Theory at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues
Assistant Professor, Torrey Honors Institute, Biola University
CCT Scholar-in-Residence and Executive Board Member / Professor of Philosophy, Biola University
Professor of Philosophy, Loyola Marymount University
July 3, 2015

Intellectual virtues aren’t ideas. They’re habits of mind. How are those habits formed or acquired? Janelle Aijian and Jason Baehr comment on how intellectual virtues are acquired.


Maybe this is a good distinction, so intellectual virtues aren’t ideas, they’re habits of mind. So you could teach about intellectual virtues, but no amount of teaching content about intellectual virtues that’s not how you’re gonna transmit an intellectual virtue. You have to cultivate a habit within a student.

And then that allows, if you’re thinking about this philosophically, it’ll allows us to draw in a whole rich tradition of asking about how virtuous habits are formed. Role models, exemplars are part of it, but communities and practices are a big part of it as well.