THE SEVEN INTELLECTUAL VIRTUES AT FAS

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The Seven Intellectual Virtues at FAS

Intellectual tenacity: Those who are intellectually tenacious earnestly want to know truth, so they are not willing to give up when they find an assignment difficult or boring. They are determined to fight through the difficulty in order to gain a deeper understanding of the material.

Intellectual curiosity: Those who are intellectually curious earnestly want to know truth, so they are always asking why. They are not satisfied with the easy and simplistic answers but have a desire to understand what makes it all work—at the foundational level.
The intellectually curious person regularly asks questions in class and is an active participant in class discussion.

Intellectual fair-mindedness: Those who are intellectually fair-minded earnestly want to know truth, so they consider everything in an unbiased way. If they come to an issue with a preconceived view, they don’t tune someone else out simply because that person’s view contradicts their own.
Instead, they listen attentively and reconsider their own views in light of the new information.
“They seek to know, not to be right.”

Intellectual courage:
Those who are intellectually courageous earnestly want to know truth, so they take risks in the pursuit of truth.
They are willing to reconsider their own beliefs, even if this scares them.
But once they have done so, and come to a belief about what is true, they are willing to stick to their guns, even if the majority mocks or threatens them.
The intellectually courageous student is willing to take risks in class assignments in the pursuit of excellence and truth.

Intellectual carefulness:
Those who are intellectually careful earnestly want to know truth, so they make sure not to rush to hasty conclusions based on limited evidence but instead are patient and diligent, careful that they do not overlook important details.
Intellectually careful people check their work on math problems, proofread their essays and are generally concerned about getting it right.

Intellectual humility:
Those who are intellectually humble earnestly want to know truth, so they recognize that they are not perfect and capable of being in error—and finite and thus cannot possibly know all things. As a result, they actually rejoice when they are proved wrong because it means they have grown in their understanding of truth. In short, intellectually humble people are subservient to truth, not the other way around. The practical result is that they consistently demonstrate concern for their peers and teachers, treating them with respect and dignity in how they ask questions and in how they accept critiques of their work.

Intellectual honesty:
Those who are intellectually honest want to help others in their pursuit of the truth and so they are careful to use and communicate knowledge in an unbiased way.
They do not take knowledge out of context or seek to manipulate data in ways that distort a true picture of reality, and they do not use emotionally manipulative means to convince others of their position.
Their aim is to present ‘the whole truth and nothing but the truth.’