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Jason Baehr
Jason Baehr

Jason Baehr, an associate professor of philosophy at Loyola Marymount University, will deliver a lecture at Whitworth University next week on the virtues of the mind and why they matter.

He's an expert in the field of virtue theory and author of “The Inquiring Mind: On Intellectual Virtues and Virtue Epistemology.” In his text he explains “responsibilist” or character-based virtue-epistemology, which is an approach in which intellectual character traits like open-mindedness, fair-mindedness, inquisitiveness, and intellectual courage, rigor, and generosity are given a central and fundamental role, according to a book review.

Linda Zagzebski an expert on intellectual virtues described Baehr as, “the most sophisticated study of the intellectual virtues to date.”

Baehr is currently conducting research for his Intellectual Virtues Education Project, funded by more than $1 million in grants from the John Templeton Foundation.

His lecture will be at 7 p.m. on Nov. 7 at Whitworth University’s Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall. Admission is free.

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About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons, who teaches journalism at Gonzaga University, is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 13 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti. Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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