Curiosity is a new area of research in contemporary philosophy. It has been an important topic throughout the earlier history of philosophy, often praised and often vilified. However, it has almost disappeared from the twentieth century philosophical scene. Fortunately, curiosity is back: in recent times there is a kind of upsurge of interest in it
Here is an overview of the course. We start with characterization of curiosity and a bit of psychology. Next we pass to curiosity as virtue, and the kinds of curiosity.
Some attention will be given to the role of curiosity-inquisitiveness in science, connection with desire to understand the world and the division of scientific labor.
Next we pass to Know thyself Socratic injunction and the role of self-inquisitiveness in understanding & wisdom. We finally turn to value-bestowing curiosity, i.e. the role of curiosity in constituting the value of knowledge.