Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung (Ph.D. University of Notre Dame) is a professor of philosophy at Calvin College. Her research focuses Aquinas’s ethics and the seven capital vices; she regularly teaches ethics and the history of ancient and medieval of philosophy. She has published a number of books and articles on the virtues and vices, including Glittering Vices (Brazos 2009), Aquinas’s Ethics (University of Notre Dame 2009), a book on vainglory forthcoming from Eerdmans (2014), chapters in Virtues and Their Vices, ed. K. Timpe and C. Boyd (Oxford 2003) and Being Good: Christian Virtues for Everyday Life, ed. M. Austin and R. D. Geivett (Eerdmans 2012), and articles in The Thomist and the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly. She was recently awarded book and essay prizes from the Philosophy of Religion project at the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) and the Character Project (Wake Forest University), and in 2012-3 received a sabbatical researchers grant from the Louisville Institute. Her presentations span both academic and non-academic venues, including a talk on Capitol Hill sponsored by the C. S. Lewis Institute in Washington. D.C. and a class taught at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola.
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.