Intellectual Virtue for the New Year

I often launch my freshmen philosophy classes with a discussion about this painting, The Death of Socrates, by Jacques Louis David: I write a quotation from Socrates on the board: “Philosophy is preparation for death.” What do you think this could mean? One answer is that philosophy, literally the “love of wisdom,” is a lifestyle that helps you live a life you won’t regret in the end. To love wisdom and pursue truth, even to the point of sacrificing other important things, fosters human flourishing and happiness. Another way to describe the goal of this pursuit is intellectual virtue. So, … Continue reading Intellectual Virtue for the New Year