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Precis: The mismeasure of the self

Tanesini, Alessandra ORCID: 2022. Precis: The mismeasure of the self. Inquiry 10.1080/0020174X.2022.2156922
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In this precis of The Mismeasure of the Self I summarise and motivate the attitudinal framework adopted in the book. I defend an account of intellectual humility as a virtue of self-evaluation based on attitudes to the self motivated by the need for knowledge. I provide brief descriptions of some intellectual vices of inferiority and superiority and explain that they are underpinned by attitudes serving either ego-defensive or social adjustive functions. Finally, I detail some of the harms caused by these vices, defend the view that people are responsible for them, and describe an intervention designed to ameliorate vice.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Group
ISSN: 1502-3923
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 9 December 2022
Date of Acceptance: 3 December 2022
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2023 16:19

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