Stanislaw Kaminski Memorial Lectures 2019

The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin


Prof. Kevin Mulligan

Foolishness - an anatomy of cognitive vice






Foolishness is not stupidity. It is a vice. But not the same sort of vice as cowardice or injustice. What are the main forms of foolishness?


What is to be foolish? These lectures answer both questions and pay special attention to the roles of cognitive attitudes such as interest, the desire (not) to know and intellectual humility in foolishness and its avoidance.



  • Cassam, Q. 2019 Vices of the Mind. From the Intellectual to the Political, Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Engel, P. 2016 "The epistemology of stupidity", Performance Epistemology : Foundations and Applications, ed. M. A. Fernández Vargas, Oxford : Oxford University Press, 196–223,
  • Mulligan, K. 2014 "Foolishness, Stupidity and Cognitive Values", The Monist, The Philosophy of Robert Musil, Guest ed. B. Nanay, 97:1, 66-85
  • Mulligan, K. 2016 "Foolishness and the Value of Knowledge", ed. L. Zaibert, The Theory and Practice of Ontology, a Festschrift for Barry Smith, Palgrave, Macmillan, 241-268.




Autor: Andrzej Zykubek
Ostatnia aktualizacja: 30.01.2019, godz. 21:03 - Andrzej Zykubek