Literature

Love and Humility as Epistemological Virtues

To see the overlooked aspects of anything takes a peculiar wisdom; you have to see with fresh vision the things that jaded sight no longer notices. Part of this fresh vision comes from the sense that the world is a wonder, not made by us, not chosen by us, but nevertheless a strange and mostly cheery home for us. Consistent with this vision of a cottage-garden-type world in a quaint universe, G.K. Chesterton (1874–1936) saw that the homely but overlooked qualities of love and humility are essential, rather than irrelevant, to a robust epistemology. When the people who presume to…

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