"Calm down, dear": intellectual arrogance, silencing and ignorance

Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 90 (1):71-92 (2016)
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Abstract

In this paper I provide an account of two forms of intellectual arrogance which cause the epistemic practices of conversational turn-taking and assertion to malfunction. I detail some of the ethical and epistemic harms generated by intellectual arrogance, and explain its role in fostering the intellectual vices of timidity and servility in other agents. Finally, I show that arrogance produces ignorance by silencing others (both preventing them from speaking and causing their assertions to misfire) and by fostering self-delusion in the arrogant themselves.

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Alessandra Tanesini
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