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The need for intellectual humility

The National Week of Conversation recently ended, and though I didn’t get a chance to participate in the local events, I liked its purpose: to promote robust and civil discussions.

I started thinking about the qualities that make for good conversation and for strong communication more generally. Intellectual humility immediately came to mind.

Humility often gets associated with weakness and degradation. It’s confused with humiliation and poorly understood as a virtue. But it’s critical for intellectual, moral, and psychological growth, for honesty inquiry, and for communicating in good faith.