I’m a professor in the philosophy department at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles (above), where I began teaching in 2003. I received my Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2002.
My main areas of research are epistemology and virtue theory, especially virtue epistemology. I think and write about questions like: What’s important or valuable from an epistemic (or intellectual) point of view? To what extent does the quality of one’s thinking, or one’s ability to acquire epistemic goods like knowledge and understanding, depend on the quality of one’s character? How are volition and agency related to epistemic achievement? What’s the nature and structure of epistemic goods like knowledge, understanding, and wisdom? What’s the nature and structure of intellectual virtues like curiosity, intellectual humility, intellectual courage, and open-mindedness? How is epistemic excellence related to moral excellence? How can philosophical theories of epistemic goods and virtues be applied to practical or professional contexts like education and public discourse?
My book on virtue epistemology, The Inquiring Mind: On Intellectual Virtues and Virtue Epistemology, was published in 2011 by Oxford University Press. I recently directed the Intellectual Virtues and Education Project, which involved the application of virtue epistemology to educational theory and practice. In connection with this project, I helped found the Intellectual Virtues Academy of Long Beach, a new charter middle school in Long Beach, CA, and edited Intellectual Virtues and Education: Essays in Applied Virtue Epistemology, published by Routledge in 2016.
I’m married, have three children, and live in Long Beach, CA.
Mailing address: Jason Baehr, Philosophy Department, One LMU Drive, Los Angeles, 90045
Phone and fax: 310.338.4486; 310.338.5997