Intellectual Virtue Scale

Intellectual virtues dispose their bearers to seek knowledge, gather and process information in an open-minded and conscientious way, and adjust their beliefs diligently. 

Research on intellectual virtues has so far mainly been conducted in philosophy, which has led to an emphasis on conceptual and theoretical matters. Boudewijn de Bruin and I have developed to our knowledge the first psychometrically validated scale that measures a broad spectrum of intellectual virtues. See my page for the validation paper. 

We measure the virtues of love of knowledge, open-mindedness, conscientiousness, humility, and courage with four items for each virtue. The resulting 20-item scale is the first instrument to measure intellectual virtues comprehensively. 

The theoretical literature on intellectual virtues suggests that intellectual virtue is related to how much people know, how well their beliefs are justified, and how readily they understand things. The IVS allows us to test the effects of intellectual virtue empirically. Do intellectually virtuous people have more true beliefs and fewer false ones? Are their beliefs better justified? Do they understand issues better?

Take the intellectual virtue survey and see how you compare to others.