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The Potential Pitfalls of Thinking for Yourself

The Potential Pitfalls of Thinking for Yourself

Posted on 24 January 2022 by

In the previous two posts (here and here) we’ve looked at how we should think of epistemic autonomy as well as why it is valuable. In this post we’ll examine […]

The Value of Thinking for Yourself

The Value of Thinking for Yourself

Posted on 10 January 2022 by

Why think for yourself? Sometimes thinking for yourself is necessary. Sometimes you are the expert, sometimes the experts (or their beliefs) are too hard to identify, and sometimes there’s not […]

The Myth of Intellectual Individualism

The Myth of Intellectual Individualism

Posted on 27 December 2021 by

Have courage to use your own understanding. This, Kant declared, as the motto of the Enlightenment. This same sentiment is echoed in the more contemporary call to think for yourself. […]

Socializing Intellectual Autonomy

Socializing Intellectual Autonomy

Posted on 10 August 2020 by

Two key ideas which frame our thinking about autonomy are self-governance and self-reliance. The problem with using these arguably modern ideas to frame our thinking about autonomy is that it […]