Virtues and Vices of Inquiry, 7.5 credits

Academic year 2021/2022

  • Autumn 2021, 50%, Campus

    Start date: 8 November 2021

    End date: 16 January 2022

    Application deadline: 15 April 2021

    Application code: UU-50802 Application

    Language of instruction: English

    Location: Uppsala

    Selection: Higher education credits (maximum 165 credits)

    Registration: 29 July 2021 – 19 September 2021

Entry requirements: 60 higher education credits in Theoretical or Practical Philosophy


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Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 11,250

Tuition fee, total: SEK 11,250

About the course

Knowledge is seldom something that we simply possess. Much of our intellectual effort goes towards processes of knowledge acquisition, such as inquiry. Inquiry is a goal-directed process aimed at settling a particular question. Inquiries can be conducted well and they can be conducted badly -- inquiries are subject to norms. What are those norms? Moreover, some people are good at inquiring and some people not, some are open-minded and intellectually humble, some are arrogant and dogmatic. What, exactly are these character traits and how should they be cultivated or avoided? The course starts from the ancient -- Platonic and Aristotelian -- insight that some of the virtues are primarily intellectual and hence useful in contexts that have to do with knowledge acquisition and inquiry. We will then proceed to contemporary theories of virtues that promote the acquisition of knowledge and vices that prevent such acquisition.

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Department of Philosophy

Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3 H

Box 627, 751 26 UPPSALA

Course Administrator Ulrika Valdeson

Telephone: +46 18 471 72 99