Open mindedness is generally perceived as a positive trait, but how can we be open minded in discussions around gender, race and histories of injustice; debates which often tap into deep emotions, closely guarded identities and experiences of oppression?
The Oxford Character Project’s new ‘Humility Gap’ project seeks to engage academics, students and thought leaders in a wide-ranging conversation around these issues with a particular emphasis on the virtue of intellectual humility. Through events, podcasts and publications we hope to explore the difficulties of practicing intellectual humility as we present our identities, experiences or emotions as evidence in public discourse. Questions will include: How do historic expectations of female humility affect the ways women relate to the virtue of intellectual humility? Can intellectual humility be a liberating and empowering practice? and How can histories of injustice be discussed in openminded ways?
The project will draw on contributions from a wide range of academics, think tanks, politicians and media contributors. It is funded by a fellowship from the University of Connecticut’s Humility and Conviction in Public Life project. For more information contact Dr Bethan Willis.