Fall Seminar for Graduate Students:
Christianity, Open-Mindedness, and the Intellectual Virtues


The Institute is pleased to announce its 2016 reading group on Christianity, Open-Mindedness, and the Intellectual Virtues. This reading group is sponsored by the Center on the University and Intellectual Life.

This reading group will discuss texts and themes that address, directly or indirectly, the place and proper identities of particular academic virtues in the Christian tradition. Using philosophy (mostly Aristotle) and theology (drawing heavily on Augustine and Aquinas), the group will take up such questions as: What is the connection between open-mindedness (or its absence) and social segregation along ideological lines? What are the costs of such social segregation? What is the difference between true and false intellectual humility? Under what definitions would open-mindedness be (and not be) a bone fide virtue? What changes do the infusion of the theological virtues make to the academic virtues such as intellectual charity? Is it a sin to be intellectually boring?

As a result of working through these hard questions, the group members will ideally become better academic citizens, become more effective at handling disagreement with others, gain a better understanding of how these intellectual virtues should relate to their own identities, and perhaps even become more intellectually virtuous themselves.

This reading group will be led by John Rose, a PhD candidate in theology at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Open to Princeton graduate students. For more information, contact John Rose at johnschendelrose@gmail.com.