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The excellent mind : intellectual virtues for everyday living

Author: Nathan L King
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2021]
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"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,  Read more...
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King, Nathan L.,
The excellent mind
New York, NY, United States of America : Oxford University Press, 2021.
(DLC) 2020032333
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nathan L King
ISBN: 9780190096250 019009625X 9780190096267 0190096268
OCLC Number: 1184124232
Description: xii, 280 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Part I. What are intellectual virtues and why do they matter? --
1. Why good thinking matters --
2. The intellectual virtues : a closer look --
Part II. Intellectual virtues --
3. 3. Curiosity : a healthy appetite for knowledge --
4. Carefulness : mind your evidence --
5. Autonomy : think for yourself --
6. Humility and self-confidence : own your weaknesses -and your strengths --
7. Honesty : don't distort the truth --
8. Perseverance : overcome obstacles --
9. Courage : persist despite threats --
10. Open-mindedness and firmness : transcend and maintain your perspective --
11. Fair-mindedness and charity : don't do unto others / do unto others --
Part III. Putting on virtue --
12. How we grow in intellectual virtue.
Responsibility: Nathan L. King.

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"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 everyday life, in areas as diverse as personal relationships, responsible citizenship, civil discourse, and personal success. Our struggles in these areas often result from a failure to think virtuously. Drawing upon recent work in philosophy and psychology, King paints a portrait of virtuous intellectual character-and of the vices such a character opposes. Filled with examples and applications, this book introduces readers to the intellectual virtues: what they are, why they matter, and how we can grow in them"--

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In this timely book, Nathan King unpacks the world of intellectual virtues in a refreshingly accessible manner. Using clear examples, stories, and vignettes from his own life, King keeps the reader Read more...

 
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