How can the acquisition of intellectual virtues improve public discourse around topics of heated disagreement? Robert C. Roberts comments on the ways humility and listening can increase civil participation in public discourse. Janelle Aijian comments on the love of truth as an intellectual virtue. Jason Baehr points out that the goal of education is to produce good citizens, which requires certain intellectual virtues.
About the Authors
Kyle Roberts (PhD Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is Professor of Public Theology and Church and Economic Life at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.
Robert C. Roberts (PhD Yale University) is Professor of Ethics and Emotion Theory at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, has a joint Chair with the Royal Institute of Philosophy, and is also a Scholar with the project Virtue, Happiness, & the Meaning of Life at the University of Chicago.
Jason Baehr (Ph.D. University of Washington) is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University. He specializes in epistemology, virtue theory, virtue epistemology, and philosophy of education.
Janelle Aijian was born in Edmonton, Alberta and spent her early life moving all over the world, from Toronto to Houston to Nairobi. She earned her doctoral degree in Philosophy from Baylor University, where her dissertation focused on the religious epistemology of Blaise Pascal. Her current research interests involve skepticism, especially its place in the life of faith, and the ancient deadly sin of acedia, or spiritual despondency. Her favorite Torrey texts to teach are The Brothers Karamazov, Moby Dick, The Republic and the gospel of John. Janelle lives in Fullerton with her husband, Phillip, their son Malcolm and a cat named Cleopatra.