Intellectual generosity

“Intellectual generosity” has cropped up a lot in my reading as of late, particularly in the acknowledgements sections of books. Dr. Stephen Fowler has described intellectual generosity as something that arises from the practice of finding God in all things (2001 lecture at Loyola University). Such practice cultivates an openness and humility that seeks the greater good and sees others as fellow laborers in this work rather than as rivals. I think that this quality would be necessary for anyone engaged in intellectual pursuits, but Dr. Fowler’s comments suggest that intellectual generosity is seldom modeled in places of higher education. What a sad thought.

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