Scott Cleveland received his PhD in philosophy from Baylor University in August 2014. His research interests are in ethics, moral psychology, and philosophy of religion. He is especially interested in the study of virtues and emotions, the relation between the two, and the role of each in the moral and intellectual life. His work is deeply influenced by Aristotle and Aquinas. His dissertation defends an account of the virtue of courage with focus on its emotional excellences. Before pursuing his PhD, he received an MA in philosophical theology & philosophy of religion from Yale Divinity School. He and his wife Lindsay, who works in metaphysics, have a toddler named Mariam, who they hope comes to see the inseparability of ethics and metaphysics
My research has two main phases. The first focuses on the nature of intellectual humility and its opposing vices. The second focuses on the virtues of intellectual courage and, perhaps surprisingly, intellectual magnanimity that, I will argue, are closely tied to intellectual humility, coordinate with humility for the pursuit of epistemic goods, and help reveal the emotional excellences such humility requires. To accomplish these tasks I will utilize the work of Aquinas on humility and related virtues and vices and recent work by contemporary epistemologists and moral psychologists with sensitivity to relevant empirical work in social psychology.