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Humility in general is the virtue of facing up to the truth about oneself--neither overvaluing nor undervaluing one’s abilities and accomplishments. This virtue also involves admitting the limits of one’s epistemic perspective. The intellectually humble person does not deny her accomplishments, but shows a lack of concern about intellectual status, and is sensitive to the ways in which one’s beliefs can go wrong even though they seem right.

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  • Hazlett, Allan. (2012). "Higher-Order Epistemic Attitudes and Intellectual Humility," Episteme 9(3): 205-223.
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  • Snow, N. (2019).  "Intellectual Humility," The Routledge Handbook of Virtue Epistemology. New York: Routledge Press. 178-195. 



  • Hopkin, Cameron R., Rick H. Hoyle, and Kaitlin Toner. (2014). "Intellectual Humility and Reactions to Opinions About Religious Beliefs." Journal of Psychology & Theology 42(1).
  • McElroy, Stacey E., et al. (2014). "Intellectual Humility: Scale Development and Theoretical Elaborations in the Context of Religious Leadership." Journal of Psychology & Theology 42(1): 19-30.
  • Tangney, June Price. (2000). "Humility: Theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and directions for future research." Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology 19(1): 70-82.