Educating for Intellectual Virtues




imageThe Intellectual Virtues and Education Project will be holding their first conference titled “Educating for Intellectual Virtues” this coming June (2013) at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Conference details along with the CFP is below. The conference was featured on NPR and you can read about it and listen to an interview with project manager Dr. Jason Baehr here (Philosophy News interviewed Dr. Baehr on the project and its goals which you can listen to here).


Friday-Saturday, June 21-22

Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles

Plenary speakers: Shari Tishman (Harvard), Marvin Berkowitz (Missouri, St. Louis), Harvey Siegel (Miami), and Linda Zagzebski (Oklahoma).

This conference will bring together education theorists, psychologists, and philosophers to discuss intellectual virtues and their role in educational theory and practice. Intellectual virtues are the character traits of a good thinker or learner. They include curiosity, wonder, attentiveness, intellectual perseverance, open-mindedness, creativity, intellectual courage, intellectual rigor, intellectual humility, and more.

Papers will address the following or related questions:

  • What is intellectual character? How is intellectual character related to moral, civic, performance, or other dimensions of character?
  • Which intellectual virtues are most important to teaching or learning? Why?
  • How does the goal of fostering intellectual virtues compare with similar educational goals like critical thinking, metacognition, education of the whole person, or lifelong learning?
  • What might it look like to educate for intellectual virtues? What policies might schools adopt? What sorts of strategies or techniques might teachers use?
  • How can growth in intellectual virtues be measured or assessed?

Deadline for submissions (abstracts or full papers) is February 15, 2013. Please see CFP or for more information about the conference.

The conference is part of the Intellectual Virtues and Education Project, housed at Loyola Marymount University and sponsored by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation. To learn more, please visit:

Feel free to contact Professor Jason Baehr ( or his assistant Nathaniel Currie ( with questions.