Trust Tradition

Feb 22

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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:

PrimaryHenrich’s The Secret of our Success: Trust Tradition

SecondaryWho Should Be Intellectually Humble? 

Do This:


  • 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.

Suggested: Talk to a friend –> Do the “traditions” (religious, ethnic, social) that you grew up in emphasize trust? In what ways is this healthy? In what was is it (or can it be) unhealthy?

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