Keeping an Open Mind:
The Nature and Value of Open-mindedness

By Professor Jason Baehr

Thursday, January 27, 2022
12 p.m. — 1 p.m. EST

In this presentation , Prof. Baehr will address three main questions:

  1. What is open-mindedness?
  2. How is open-mindedness related to other intellectual virtues?
  3. Is open-mindedness consistent with firm conviction?

In addition to offering a concep-tual model of open-mindedness, he will differentiate this virtue from related virtues like curiosity and intellectual humility. He will also explain how it is possible to be open-minded even about beliefs we hold with great confidence.

JASON BAEHR is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He specializes in theoretical and applied virtue epistemology. His books include Deep in Thought (Harvard Education Press, 2021), Intellectual Virtues and Education (Routledge, 2016), and The Inquiring Mind (Oxford University Press, 2011). He is currently working on a new monograph titled Inquiry & Agency: A Theory of Intellectual Virtues and Vices (under contract with OUP).