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Volume 52 • Number 3

July 2015



What Is Inquisitiveness

by Lani Watson

This paper offers an in-depth examination of the intellectual virtue of inquisitiveness. A characterization of inquisitiveness is developed in Part I in which the inquisitive person is identified as one who is characteristically motivated to engage sincerely in good questioning. Part II then examines the place of inquisitiveness among the virtues. Inquisitiveness is seen to bear a defining relationship to the process of inquiry as a fundamentally motivating intellectual virtue. On this basis, it is argued that inquisitiveness plays a distinctively valuable role in the intellectually virtuous life placing it at the heart of autonomous virtue epistemology.

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