Is Open-Mindedness Conducive to Truth?

Synthese 194 (5) (2017)
  Copy   BIBTEX


Open-mindedness is generally regarded as an intellectual virtue because its exercise reliably leads to truth. However, some theorists have argued that open-mindedness’s truth-conduciveness is highly contingent, pointing out that it is either not truth-conducive at all under certain scenarios or no better than dogmatism or credulity in others. Given such shaky ties to truth, it would appear that the status of open-mindedness as an intellectual virtue is in jeopardy. In this paper, I propose to defend open-mindedness against these challenges. In particular, I show that the challenges are ill-founded because they misconstrue the nature of open-mindedness and fail to consider the requisite conditions of its application. With a proper understanding of open-mindedness and of its requirements, it is clear that recourse to it is indeed truth-conducive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 89,311

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

The structure of open-mindedness.Jason Baehr - 2011 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 41 (2):191-213.
Open-mindedness.Wayne Riggs - 2010 - Metaphilosophy 41 (1-2):172-188.
Open-Mindedness as a Moral Virtue.Nomy Arpaly - 2011 - American Philosophical Quarterly 48 (1):75.
Is It Good to Be Open-Minded?William Hare - 2003 - International Journal of Applied Philosophy 17 (1):73-87.
Intellectual Humility: An Introduction to the Philosophy and Science.Ian M. Church & Peter L. Samuelson - 2017 - New York: Bloomsbury Academic. Edited by Peter L. Samuelson.
The psychology of closed and open mindedness, rationality, and democracy.Arie W. Kruglanski & Lauren M. Boyatzi - 2012 - Critical Review: A Journal of Politics and Society 24 (2):217-232.
Socratic Open-mindedness.William Hare - 2009 - Paideusis: Journal of the Canadian Philosophy of Education Society 18 (1):5-16.
Virtue epistemology.Heather Battaly - 2008 - Philosophy Compass 3 (4):639-663.
Rational Passions and Intellectual Virtues, A Conceptual Analysis.Jan Steutel & Ben Speicker - 1997 - Studies in Philosophy and Education 16 (1/2):59-71.
The Epistemological Role of the Intellectual Virtues.Jason S. Baehr - 2002 - Dissertation, University of Washington


Added to PP

155 (#109,993)

6 months
10 (#131,401)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Jack M. C. Kwong
Appalachian State University

Citations of this work

Epistemic Obligations of the Laity.Boyd Millar - 2023 - Episteme 20 (2):232-246.
Is open-mindedness truth-conducive?B. J. C. Madison - 2019 - Synthese 196 (5):2075-2087.
The (virtue) epistemology of political ignorance.Cameron Boult - 2021 - American Philosophical Quarterly 58 (3):217-232.
Asymmetrical Rationality: Are Only Other People Stupid?Robin McKenna - 2021 - In Michael Hannon & Jeroen De Ridder (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Political Epistemology. Routledge. pp. 285-295.

View all 17 citations / Add more citations