About this Course
We live in a polarised world where all too often people talk past each other. But do you know when to believe what others say? For example, how quick should we be to accept something that someone else tells us is true, and what should we be looking out for when assessing a person's trustworthiness? Meanwhile, what should we do when we encounter disagreements with people who seem to be our equals? How and when should we adjust our beliefs, and how does the appropriate response vary depending on the evidence? These challenges may be especially important in the arena of religious disagreements. How should we weigh the evidence for and against various theistic and atheistic stances? Experts in psychology, philosophy, theology and education are conducting exciting new research on these questions, and the results have important, real-world applications. Faced with difficult questions people often tend to dismiss and marginalize dissent. Political and moral disagreements can be incredibly polarizing, and sometimes even dangerous. And whether it’s Christian fundamentalism, Islamic extremism, or militant atheism, religious dialogue remains tinted by arrogance, dogma, and ignorance. The world needs more people who are sensitive to reasons both for and against their beliefs, and are willing to consider the possibility that their political, religious and moral beliefs might be mistaken. The world needs more intellectual humility. In this course. we will examine the following major questions about applied issues surrounding intellectual humility: • Should you believe what people say? • How should we handle disagreement? • What is the role of evidence in resolving religious disagreements? All lectures are delivered by leading specialists, and the course is organised around a number of interesting readings and practical assignments which will help you address issues related to humility in your daily life. This course can be taken as a part of a series which explores the theory, the science and the applied issues surrounding intellectual humility. Before, we considered how to define and measure intellectual humility, what intellectual virtue is, whether we are born or can become humble, and what cognition and emotions can tell us about intellectual humility. If you are interested, complete all three courses to gain a broader understanding of this fascinating topic. Look for: • Intellectual Humility: Theory - https://www.coursera.org/learn/intellectual-humility-theory • Intellectual Humility: Science - https://www.coursera.org/learn/intellectual-humility-science Check out our trailer to hear more - https://youtu.be/x_CWjrYxKZU.
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Approx. 7 hours to complete

Suggested: 3 weeks of study, 3 levels of commitment: Learn (1.5h/week), Engage (3h/week), Go Further (3+h/week)
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100% online course

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Clock

Approx. 7 hours to complete

Suggested: 3 weeks of study, 3 levels of commitment: Learn (1.5h/week), Engage (3h/week), Go Further (3+h/week)
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English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
Clock
26 minutes to complete

GETTING STARTED

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Reading
1 video (Total 1 min), 3 readings
Reading3 readings
About this course5m
Course assessments and exercises5m
Optional companion book5m
Clock
4 hours to complete

SHOULD YOU BELIEVE WHAT PEOPLE SAY?

Professor Peter Graham points out that a great deal of what we know, we know because other people told us. But can we always believe them? Should we be trusting, or sceptical? The truth lies somewhere in the middle. This lecture will offer you some guidelines on how to find it, and on how to avoid the pitfalls created by our fears, biases, and over-confidence....
Reading
8 videos (Total 51 min), 8 readings, 6 quizzes
Video8 videos
Introduction to testimony4m
Trust and scepticism6m
The evolutionary background of trust11m
Reconciling testimony with what we already believe3m
The right, the wrong, and the humble6m
Humility, fear and bias10m
Humility and confidence6m
Reading8 readings
Before you begin...10m
"Can You Believe What You Hear?" by Ian Church & Peter Samuelson (recommended)10m
Jennifer Saul on Implicit Bias (recommended podcast)3m
Daniel Kahneman on Bias (recommended)5m
"Social Knowledge and Social Norms" by Peter Graham (further reading)15m
"Knowledge, Assertion and Humility" by Emma C. Gordon and J. Adam Carter (further reading)10m
Miranda Fricker on Epistemic Injustice (further podcast)10m
"On Testimony and Transmission" by J. Adam Carter and Philip J. Nickel (further reading)10m
Quiz6 practice exercises
Initial thoughts2m
Practice Quiz6m
Feels good to be right?10m
Your examples of fears and biases15m
Module quiz20m
Reading quiz on "Can You Believe What You Hear?" by Ian Church and Peter Samuelson6m

2

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

HOW SHOULD WE HANDLE DISAGREEMENT?

Resolving disagreements may seem easy when one person clearly knows more about the topic of disagreement than the other. But what about cases where both parties are equally knowledgable and capable - in other words, when they are intellectual equals? Professor Catherine Elgin discusses various strategies we can adopt, and helps us understand how people who have the same evidence and reasoning ability can still disagree....
Reading
4 videos (Total 29 min), 7 readings, 7 quizzes
Video4 videos
Introduction to disagreement5m
Disagreement between equals10m
Dimensions of reasonable disagreement11m
Reading7 readings
"How Should We Handle Disagreement?" by Ian Church & Peter Samuelson (recommended)10m
"The Epistemic Significance of Disagreement" by Thomas Kelly (recommended)15m
"Reasonable Disagreement" by Catherine Elgin (further reading)10m
"The Epistemology of Testimony" by Duncan Pritchard (further reading)10m
"Philosophical Peer Disagreement" by Nicolás Lo Guercio (further reading)10m
"The Epistemology of Disagreement" (video discussion between Roy Sorensen and David Christensen).5m
"Intellectual Humility, Knowledge-How and Disagreement" by Duncan Pritchard and J. Adam Carter (further reading)10m
Quiz7 practice exercises
Your initial thoughts10m
Practice Quiz4m
Back to last week5m
The disagreements you know15m
The dimensions in your example10m
Module quiz16m
Reading quiz on "How Should We Handle Disagreement?" by Ian Church and Peter Samuelson6m

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Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

RESOLVING RELIGIOUS DISAGEEMENTS: THE ROLE OF EVIDENCE

Dr Katherine Dormandy explains why religious disagreements are so often particularly hard to resolve. Distinguishing between two types of evidence one can have in religious discussions - public and private - she evaluates three Evidence Weighting Policies we can use in determining how to approach others when talking about religion. ...
Reading
8 videos (Total 45 min), 5 readings, 6 quizzes
Video8 videos
Introduction5m
Biases and evidence-weighting9m
Three evidence-weighting policies5m
Assessing privatism6m
Assessing publicism4m
Assessing egalitarianism4m
Improving egalitarianism9m
Reading5 readings
"What Does Intellectual Humility Tell Us About Religion?" by Ian Church & Peter Samuelson (recommended)10m
"Faith and Reason" by Duncan Pritchard (recommended reading or viewing)10m
"Two Concepts of Intellectual Humility" by Jason Baehr (further viewing)5m
"Can There Be Religious Disagreement Between Epistemic Peers?" by Jennifer Lackey (further viewing)3m
"Scepticism and Implicit Bias" by Jennifer Saul (further reading)10m
Quiz6 practice exercises
Initial thoughts2m
Good disagreement10m
Practice Quiz6m
Evidence weighting in disagreement20m
Module Quiz20m
Reading quiz on "What Does Intellectual Humility Tell Us About Religion?" by Ian Church & Peter Samuelson6m

4

Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

END OF COURSE ASSIGNMENTS

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Reading
5 readings, 1 quiz
Reading5 readings
Before you finish...5m
Show what you learned by editing the Wikipedia entry on intellectual humility!30m
A brief How-To10m
TRAILER: Intellectual Humility: Theory5m
TRAILER: Intellectual Humility: Science5m
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Top Reviews

By PPMar 10th 2018

Very good course to gather resources to practice intellectual humility, especially on religious subjects.

By MPDec 12th 2017

Informative, well structured, and clearly presented material.

Instructors

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Dr. Ian Church

Researcher
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Professor Duncan Pritchard

Professor of Philosophy
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Dr. Emma Gordon

Postdoctoral Researcher

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