Intellectual Humility as A Categorical

Intellectual Humility as A Categorical Imparative

A categorical imparative is a moral maxim whose denial involves contradiction.

1.) Intellectual humility involves giving primacy to the object (as opposed to the subject’s ideas of it, formulations of it, opinions of it, or possession of it.)
2.) The good of the intellect is caused by goodness of the object it possesses (a man is not made good in this way, but an intellect is.)
3.) So the rejection of humility is the rejection of the primacy of what makes the intellect good.
4.) If we reject the primacy of one thing, something other becomes primary.
5.) the corruption of humility involves giving primacy to something non-primary.

In a shorter form:
The object is the primary cause of the intellect’s goodness.
Humility is the acceptance of the primacy of an object.

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