Faced with difficult questions people often tend to dismiss and marginalize dissent. Political and moral disagreements can be incredibly polarizing, and sometimes even dangerous. And whether it’s Christian fundamentalism, Islamic extremism, or militant atheism, religious dialogue remains tinted by arrogance, dogma, and ignorance. The world needs more people who are sensitive to reasons both for and against their beliefs, and are willing to consider the possibility that their political, religious and moral beliefs might be mistaken. The world needs more intellectual humility.
But what is intellectual humility, anyway? And why do people seem so drawn toward intellectual arrogance? Psychologists, philosophers, theologians, and educationalists are now suggesting some answers.
In this course we try to define intellectual humility and intellectual virtues in general, and ask how we know who is humble. All lectures are delivered by leading specialists, and the course is organised around a number of interesting readings and practical assignments which will help you address issues related to humility in your daily life.
This course is a part of a series which explores the theory, the science and the applied issues surrounding intellectual humility (the latter two coming in June and November 2017). Completing all three courses will give you a broader understanding of this fascinating topic. Look for:
I have taken this course before U of Edinburgh's MOOC offerings "Introduction to Philosophy" and the "Know Thyself" series, and I do think that this course, as the first in a series of 3, is a "spiritual" successor of those courses. Intellectual humility,...
I have taken this course before U of Edinburgh's MOOC offerings "Introduction to Philosophy" and the "Know Thyself" series, and I do think that this course, as the first in a series of 3, is a "spiritual" successor of those courses. Intellectual humility, at face value, seems to be what is severely lacking in the world right now (becoming the cause of much discord and polarization between and within nations) and, yet, a concept that seems too complex to define. This course provides an analytical-logical grounding for this virtue - a grounding that one may disagree on and may find limitations in but, nevertheless, one that shares an adequate working definition between the course creators and the learners. Thus, I highly recommend taking this course first before the 2 other components of the series.
Kristin Williams Henry
Kristin Williams Henry completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
For me, this class was a fantastic introduction to the wonderful world of MOOCs! Not only was the content well-delivered and dynamic, with a variety of speakers, short and easily manageable video lectures, great discussion forum topics, and a wealth of...
For me, this class was a fantastic introduction to the wonderful world of MOOCs! Not only was the content well-delivered and dynamic, with a variety of speakers, short and easily manageable video lectures, great discussion forum topics, and a wealth of optional supplemental materials, but I really appreciated how the experience was organized. As a first time MOOCer, uncertain of how much time I could dedicate to my learning schedule, I appreciated the three level track system that allowed me to allot my time accordingly as desired and able - the mere existence of "Learn," "Engage," and "Go Deeper" tracks reassured me that I could get the required work done, and explore further at my leisure. In fact, I tended to get through all the levels, but I appreciated the opportunity to customize my learning experience.
A great introduction to an important concept, and a superb overview of philosophy, psychology, and sociology - none of which I have studied in depth before. Excellent course for the Beginner all the way to the Advanced student. I have already registered for the follow-ups on Science and Practice, to be launched this summer and fall. Really well done!
This was a great way to start the Intellectual Humility series of courses. It gives you a strong foundation to build from. If you are interested in the Intellectual Humility series, this is where you start.