Kevin Timpe is Professor of Philosophy at Northwest Nazarene University, and formally a Research Fellow at St. Peter’s College, University of Oxford, UK. He is the author of Free Will in Philosophical Theology (Bloomsbury 2013) and Free Will: Sourcehood and Its Alternatives 2nd ed (Bloomsbury, 2012). He is also the editor of (with Craig Boyd) Virtues and Their Vices (Oxford University Press, 2014), Metaphysics and God (Routledge, 2009), and Arguing about Religion (Routledge, 2009).
Recent work in both philosophy and science has revived interest in the virtue of intellectual humility through several projects that attempt to define the virtue conceptually and study its formation through the empirical sciences. Drs. Timpe, DeYoung, and Van Slykes project seeks to integrate these two areas of research and think practically about how intellectual humility can be formed in community. More specifically, their research aims to identify practices that foster intellectual humility and increase intellectual excellence, out of conversations that explore the definition of humility across disciplinary boundaries in philosophy, theology, education, and the sciences. Their research will ultimately argue that the virtue of moral humility plays a unique role in intellectual humility through the formation of habits that are able to overcome certain vices and cognitive biases that often interfere with this process. Intellectual humility requires the type of character formation best exemplified in the virtue ethics tradition and demonstrated in several areas of empirical research in moral psychology.