Friday, August 27, 2010

Intellectual honesty

From Susan Haack's Defending Science—within Reason (Amherst, NY: Prometheus, 2003), p. 306:
We describe a person as honest who is truthful in his dealings with others; we describe a person as intellectually honest who is truthful in his dealings with himself.
Not that this is our literal behavior. We in fact describe a person as both honest and intellectually honest who tells us what we want to hear.

No comments: