In short, to approach a subject with intellectual rigor is to think, listen, talk, read, write (or even draw) about that particular subject in a way that:
- is sustained
- accounts for multiple perspectives
- and is logically coherent.
If you’ve never come across this term before—a term that is essential to the work done at any university, then I realize it can seem intimidating.
In the coming months, we’ll talk a lot more about intellectual rigor here on our blog.