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Volume 53 • Number 1

January 2016



Equanimity and the Moral Virtue of Open-mindedness

by Emily McRae


The author argues for the following as constituents of the moral virtue of open-mindedness: (i) a second-order awareness that is not reducible to first-order doubt; (ii) strong moral concern for members of the moral community; and (iii) some freedom from reactive habit patterns, particularly with regard to one's self-narratives, or equanimity. Drawing on Buddhist philosophical accounts of equanimity, the author focuses on the third constituent, equanimity, and argues that it is a central, but often ignored, component of the moral virtue of open-mindedness, and its absence can explain many failures of open-mindedness.

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