Trust Tradition

Mon, Feb 27

In this class, we will consider whether some important philosophical truths are best learned through observing tradition, trusting authorities, and cultivating a more deferential kind of intellectual humility.

We have three main learning goals for this day. You will:

  1. Understand how cultural evolution selects for successful practices
  2. Understand why the functions of traditions are usually opaque to their practitioners
  3. Explain why a reflective attitude toward tradition can undermine its function

Read This:

Prof. Blaschko's students should read this: Henrich's The Secret of our Success: Trust Tradition

Prof. Christy's students should read and annotate this same text via Perusall.


Do This:

Prof. Blaschko's students: Read and annotate the short "Application Article" on Perusall.

Prof. Christy's students: Read the short "Application Article" on Perusall.

All students: 

  • Make sure you've completed the "How We Argue" (ThinkerAnalytix) course up through lesson 9 by today's class.
  • After you've finished today's reading, make sure you complete the reading quiz, which you can access through your section's Canvas page.

Watch This: