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The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Humility

ISBN 9780815364115
Published July 7, 2020 by Routledge
514 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Humility is a vital aspect of political discussion, social media and self-help, whilst recent empirical research has linked humility to improved well-being, open-mindedness and increased accuracy in assessing persuasive messages. It is also a topic central to research and discussion in philosophy, applied ethics and religious studies.

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Humility is the first collection to present a comprehensive overview of the philosophy of humility, whilst also covering important interdisciplinary topics. Comprising 41 chapters by an international team of contributors, the Handbook is divided into seven parts:

• Theories of humility

• The ethics of humility

• The politics of humility

• Humility in religious thought

• The epistemology of humility

• The psychology of humility

• Humility: applications to the social world.

Essential reading for students and researchers in ethics, epistemology, political philosophy and philosophy of mind and psychology, this Handbook will also be extremely useful for those in related disciplines such as psychology, religious studies and law.

Table of Contents

Introduction Mark Alfano, Michael P. Lynch and Alessandra Tanesini

Part 1: Theories of Humility

1. Theories of Humility: An Overview Nancy Snow

2. I’m SO Humble!’: On the Paradox of Humility Brian Robinson

3. Humility is not a Virtue Paul Bloomfield

Part 2: The Ethics of Humility

4. Humility and Human Flourishing Robert Roberts

5. Humility and Self-Respect: Kantian and Feminist Perspectives Robin Dillon

6. The Puzzle of Humility and Disparity Dennis Whitcomb, Heather Battaly, Jason Baehr and Dan Howard-Snyder

7. Humility and Truth in Nietzsche: The Humblebrag of the Lambs Nickolas Pappas

8. The Comparative Concern in Humility and Romantic Love Aaron Ben-Ze’ev

9. Pride and Humility Michael Brady

10. Ashamed of Our Selves: Disabling Shame and Humility Eva Dadlez and Sarah Woolwine

Part 3: The Politics of Humility

11. Humility and democracy Michael A. Neblo and Emily Ann Israelson

12. Humility and conviction Michael P. Lynch

13. Humility and the Toleration of Diverse Ideas Casey Johnson

14. Humility, Forgiveness and Restorative Justice: From the personal to the political Carl Stauffer

15. Can Humility be a Liberatory Virtue? Heather Battaly

Part 4: Humility in Religious Thought

16. Humility among the ancient Greeks Sophie Grace Chappell

17. Aquinas on Humility and Relational Greatness Andrew Pinsent

18. Faith and Humility: Conflict or Concord? Dan Howard-Snyder and Daniel McKaughan

19. Humility in the Islamic Tradition Sophia Vasalou

20. Humility in Buddhism Nicolas Bommarito

21. Humility in Early Chinese Philosophy Alexus McCleod

22. Humility and the African Philosophy of Ubuntu Thaddeus Metz

Part 5: The Epistemology of Humility

23. Intellectual Humility and Contemporary Epistemology: A critique of epistemic individualism, evidentialism and internalism John Greco

24. Humility and self-knowledge Alessandra Tanesini

25. Intellectual Humility and Epistemic Trust Katherine Dormandy

26. Intellectual Humility, Testimony and Epistemic Injustice Ian Church

27. False Intellectual Humility Allan Hazlett

28. Intellectual Humility and Argumentation Andrew Aberdein

29. Intellectual Humility and Assertion Adam Carter and Emma Gordon

30. Epistemic Humility in the Sciences Ian James Kidd

31. Ramseyan Humility James Van Cleve

Part 6: The Psychology of Humility

32. Humility in Personality and Positive Psychology Peter Samuelson and Ian Church

33. Psychological Measurement of Humility Rick Hoyle and Elizabeth Krumrei Mancuso

34. The Moral Psychology of Humility: Epistemic and Ethical Alignment as Foundational to Moral Exemplarity Jen Cole Wright

35. The Role of Knowledge Calibration in Intellectual Humility Nick Light and Phil Fernbach

Part 7: Humility: Applications to the Social World

36. Humility and Terrorism Studies Quassim Cassam

37. ‘Knowledge is Power’: Barriers to Intellectual Humility in the Classroom Lani Watson

38. Humility in Law Amalia Amaya

39. Extended Cognition and Humility Duncan Pritchard

40. Arrogance and Servility Online: Humility is not the Solution Neil Levy

41. Humility in networks Mark Alfano and Emily Sullivan.


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Mark Alfano is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, and Associate Professor of Philosophy at Macquarie University, Australia.

Michael P. Lynch is Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut, USA.

Alessandra Tanesini is Professor of Philosophy at Cardiff University, UK.