THE PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGY OF INTELLECTUAL HUMILITY
Project directors: John Greco and Eleonore Stump
Saint Louis University has received a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation to explore the subject of intellectual humility. The Templeton Foundation will contribute over $2.7 million to the project, with contributions by SLU bringing the total grant to over $3 million.
The Philosophy and Theology of Intellectual Humility project is being led by John Greco and Eleonore Stump.
The project will focus on a variety of philosophical and theological issues relevant to the topic of intellectual humility, as informed by current research in the empirical sciences, including: virtue epistemology; regulative epistemology; peer disagreement; intellectual humility, intellectual autonomy and deference to authority; religious pluralism; divine hiddenness; intellectual humility and theological method; biases, heuristics, dual-process theories and evolution; intersubjectivity and mind reading.
The Saint Louis University effort complements the activities and research occurring under Templeton’s Science of Intellectual Humility project by encouraging philosophers and theologians to integrate empirical research on questions surrounding intellectual humility into their own investigations.
A number of opportunities are available for interested scholars, graduate students, and groups. Applications for the various positions are now open. Please see details below. Inquiries can be sent to Humility@slu.edu.
Request for Proposals: “Philosophical and Theological Research on Intellectual Humility”
When you hear the word “humility,” it’s invariably from the religion side of the religion/science debate. You don’t hear scientists calling theologians to be more “humble,” but that’s because scientists don’t pay attention to theology. If they did, they’d realize that it’s the theologians and not the scientists who require humility; after all, scientists aren’t ashamed of admitting that they don’t know something.
Theologians love to tell scientists to be humble because it’s one of their few pathetic ways to go after a paradigm which is infinitely more successful than religion in producing knowledge about the universe.
And Templeton has once again wasted a huge amount of money.