London Branch Seminar
There is growing interest, among philosophers and educationalists, for the idea that education ought to enable students to cultivate and exercise certain epistemic virtues – e.g. curiosity, humility, flexibility, open-mindedness. One should take seriously the claim that education can also promote certain epistemic vices – vices of the mind, like arrogance, dogmatism, and closed-mindedness. I develop this claim by first sketching the concept of ‘epistemic corruption’ - processes or experiences that promote the development and exercise of epistemic vices. Second, I illustrate this concept by arguing that certain university teaching styles may be corrupting because they encourage students to develop epistemic laziness.
Ian James Kidd is an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Nottingham. He works on virtue and vice epistemology and the philosophy of education and co-edited The Routledge Handbook to Epistemic Injustice and is co-editing a volume on vice epistemology. Alongside teaching and research, he also works to improve the intellectual and demographic diversity of philosophy. His website is https://ianjameskidd.weebly.com/