What are Intellectual Virtues and how can they help us become more inquisitive and authentic? w/ Dr. Duncan Pritchard

intellectual virtues

[Episode 99 of The Intentional Clinician Podcast]

This episode is for you if you’ve ever pondered how education can make us better people. Dr. Duncan Pritchard, Ph.D. discusses a comprehensive approach to learning “how” to think rather than merely “what” to think in an interview with Paul Krauss, MA, LPC. Read more about intellectual virtues and how they might benefit your organization and you personally.

The University of California, Irvine’s Duncan Pritchard Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, introduced the “Anteater Virtues” pilot program in 2019. It is a collection of interdisciplinary, faculty-led modules aimed at promoting a set of intellectual character traits, including curiosity, integrity, humility, and tenacity, that can help students become more inquisitive, open-minded, and authentic people.

According to preliminary findings, program participants improve intellectually faster than their peers, and this favorable effect is consistent across the major demographic groups.

“Intellectual virtues promote ways of thinking, reasoning and seeking the truth. Learning intellectual humility, for example, can enhance open-mindedness and respect for other people’s opinions, whereas intellectual tenacity can improve students’ willingness to overcome intellectual obstacles,” Pritchard stated.

He continues by saying that these abilities are crucial not only for academic endeavors but also for surviving an everyday life that is increasingly online and frequently filled with deceit and manipulation.

Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Counseling Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, an Approved EMDRIA Consultant , host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is now offering consulting for a few individuals and organizations. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress) as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Paul has been quoted in the Washington PostNBC NewsWired Magazine, and Counseling Today. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433.

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Original Music:

”Shades of Currency” [Instrumental] from Archetypes by PAWL (Spotify)

“Holding Pattern” from In Mind by Real Estate (Spotify)

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