Deep in Thought

Deep in Thought A Practical Guide to Teaching for Intellectual Virtues

Jason Baehr
paper, 256 Pages
Pub. Date: July 2021
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-670-4
Price: $33.00

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Pub. Date: July 2021
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-672-8

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Deep in Thought provides an introduction to intellectual virtues—the personal qualities and character strengths of good thinkers and learners—and outlines a pragmatic approach for teachers to reinforce them in the classroom.


For teachers who yearn to guide students toward meaningful, thoughtful lives, rather than cramming them with marketable skills, Jason Baehr’s book is water to the thirsty. They will find in these pages an ennobling road map for teaching children what really matters: the capacity to think deeply about the problems and challenges that matter most. By the time they’ve finished the book, readers will have a new sense of purpose about education and a clear idea of how to proceed. — Susan Engel, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Williams College

Jason Baehr is an anomaly and a pioneer. He is an accomplished philosopher who saw a practical problem and decided to leverage his scholarly knowledge of intellectual virtue to create a middle school designed to promote intellectual virtue development in students. This book introduces us to the theory and practice of that remarkable accomplishment and provides a practical framework for others to follow. — Marvin W. Berkowitz, Sanford N. McDonnell Endowed Professor of Character Education, University of Missouri–St. Louis

In Deep in Thought, philosopher Jason Baehr impressively weaves together philosophy, social science, and his own on-the-ground work in schools to offer invaluable guidance to educators for nurturing their students’ intellectual virtues. — Scott Seider, Associate Professor of Applied Developmental & Educational Psychology, Boston College

Deep in Thought is a timely answer to the question, 'What is the purpose of education?' in the wake of a pandemic. In a fragmented world full of students striving for disordered loves, the pursuit of intellectual virtues offers a form and foundation for developing humans and a noble ideal for teachers and students to uphold. Teachers of all varieties and situations will appreciate the call back to the true purposes of education for which they originally answered. — Journal of School Choice

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About the Author

Jason Baehr is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles (LMU), where he has been teaching since 2003. From 2012 to 2015, he directed the Intellectual Virtues and Education Project at LMU, which was sponsored by a grant of more than $1 million from the John Templeton Foundation. This project involved, among other activities, the founding of the Intellectual Virtues Academy of Long Beach, a charter middle school in Long Beach, California, designed to help students make progress in intellectual virtues like curiosity, open-mindedness, and intellectual courage in the context of academic teaching and learning. Baehr continues to work at the intersection of philosophy and education, writing about intellectual virtues, speaking at conferences, and doing professional development work with secondary and postsecondary educators. His other books include The Inquiring Mind: On Intellectual Virtues and Virtue Epistemology (2012) and Intellectual Virtues and Education: Essays in Applied Virtue Epistemology (editor) (2016). He lives with his family in Long Beach.

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