Philosopher Virtues


Some Virtues of the Philosopher:

– Intellectual Courage (thus tending to nonconformity)

– Analytic Intelligence

– Aesthetic Aptitude (for the creation of philosophic content and literary style)

– A Resolve to modify views according to new reasons and findings

– A Habit of thinking through and beyond established words, terms, concepts

– A Thorough Knowledge of one’s field (and a good knowledge of others)

– “An Open Mind but not so open that your brains fall out!”

– Socratic Humility (accepting complete knowledge to be humanly infeasible)

– A Desire to uncover then question presuppositions

– Clear Exposition without sacrifice to style

– A Penchant for lists and a poor sense of humour, self-deprecating humour

Sjostedt-H philosophy virtues

Florensky and Bulgakov, by Nesterov