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The Excellent Mind: Intellectual Virtues for Everyday Life

Nathan L. King


What makes for a good education? What does one need to count as well educated? Knowledge, to be sure. But knowledge is easily forgotten, and today’s knowledge may be obsolete tomorrow. Skills, particularly in critical thinking, are crucial as well. But absent the right motivation, graduates may fail to put their skills to good use. In this book, Nathan King argues that intellectual virtues—traits like curiosity, intellectual humility, honesty, intellectual courage, and open-mindedness—are central to any education worthy of the name. Further, such virtues are crucial to our functioning well in ... More

Keywords: character, intellectual virtue, intellectual vice, humility, open-mindedness, civil discourse, intellectual courage, education, autonomy, perseverance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190096250
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190096250.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nathan L. King, author
Professor of Philosophy, Whitworth University

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