Humility in social networks

Mark Alfano, Emily Sullivan

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What do humility, intellectual humility, and open-mindedness mean in the context of inter-group conflict? We spend most of our time with ingroup members, such as family, friends, and colleagues. Yet our biggest disagreements — about practical, moral, and epistemic matters — are likely to be with those who do not belong to our ingroup. An attitude of humility towards the former might be difficult to integrate with a corresponding attitude of humility towards the latter, leading to smug tribalism that masquerades as genuine virtue. These potentially conflicting priorities have recently come to the fore because “tribal epistemology” has so thoroughly infected political and social discourse. Most research on these dispositions focuses on individual traits and dyadic peer-disagreement, with little attention to group membership or inter-group conflict. In this chapter, we dilate the social scale to address this pressing philosophical and social problem
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge handbook of philosophy of humility
EditorsMark Alfano, Michael P. Lynch, Alessandra Tanesini
Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781351107532
ISBN (Print)9780815364115
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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