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HUMILITY AND HISTORY

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  30 September 2014

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I argue that amongst its many benefits, the history of philosophy is an excellent resource for the cultivation of certain intellectual virtues, most notably gratitude, humility, and justice. Acquaintance with the history of philosophy can, therefore, be edifying, in the sense of being conducive to the cultivation and exercise of virtues. These virtues can be cultivated in many ways, but the history of philosophy offers unique means for securing them, and some familiar pedagogical and intellectual uses of the history of philosophy in fact reflect its edifying functions.

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Copyright © The Royal Institute of Philosophy 2014 

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1 Cooper, David E. and Fosl, Peter S. (eds), Philosophy: The Classic Readings. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), xxivxxvGoogle Scholar.

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