Intellectual Humility

The Oracle of Delphi pronounced Socrates the wisest man in Athens. Paradoxically, what made him wise was that he knew that he did not know anything. Socrates was unique in possessing the virtue of intellectual humility. His wisdom was derived from his ability to recognize the limits of his own knowledge, and use this as the starting point for genuine enquiry.

In this six-episode series, sponsored by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation, we invite listeners to examine intellectual humility from a variety of perspectives. Can we ever know whether or not we know anything? How can we recognize and subvert our own cognitive biases? How do we humbly disagree with one another? Does science really have all the answers? Can religious faith and intellectual humility be reconciled? And how can we promote greater intellectual humility in public discourse online?

Intellectual Humility

Episode Title Guest Related Content

Knowing What We Know (And What We Don't)

Baron Reed, Professor of Philosophy, Northwestern University Knowing What We Know—And What We Don't Know

Cognitive Bias

Brian Nosek, Professor of Psychology University of Virginia; co-Founder and Executive Director, Center for Open Science Cognitive Bias

How to Humbly Disagree

Nathan Ballantyne, Professor of Philosophy, Fordham University Humble Disagreement

Does Science Over-reach?

Massimo Pigliucci, Professor of Philosophy, City University of New York Does Science Over-reach?

Faith and Humility

Joshua Hook, Professor of Psychology, University of North Texas Faith and Humility

Trolling, Bullying, and Flame Wars: Humility and Online Discourse

Michael Lynch, Professor of Philosophy, University of Connecticut Trolling, Bullying, and Flame Wars