Professors must teach, embody humility in the Age of Arrogance: Chronicle contributor

June 7, 2017

“The defining trait of the age seems to be arrogance … the arrogance of thinking that you know it all and that you don’t need to improve because you are just so great already,” writes Michael Patrick Lynch for the Chronicle of Higher Education. A significant factor in this new age of arrogance, Lynch notes, is the personalization of the Internet, which has created a world in which users only receive information that tends to confirm their previously held beliefs. This trend has been exacerbated, the author adds, by a marked decline in people’s faith in objective truth. If people are to combat the new type of arrogance, the author concludes, they will need to “reconnect with some basic values, including ones that philosophers have long thought were essential both to serious intellectual endeavors and to politics. One of those ideas, as I just noted, is belief in objective truth. But another, less-noted concept is intellectual humility.” Chronicle of Higher Education