Presentation Title

Digging Deeper in Character

Location

BUL 207

Start Date

8-15-2019 10:00 AM

End Date

8-15-2019 12:20 PM

Description

This session is for anyone who wants to go deeper into issues surrounding character. We will devote some time to discussing the different practical strategies from the keynote talk in more detail. But we will consider additional philosophical and empirical issues as well, such as whether there is an objective list of virtues, why we should care about becoming a virtuous person, and what psychological research tells us about the extent to which we actually are virtuous, vicious, or (as I believe) neither. Since it will have both a conceptual and an empirical focus, this session should be of interest to a wide variety of faculty.

Biography

Christian B. Miller is the A. C. Reid Professor of Philosophy at Wake Forest University. He is the Philosophy Director of the Beacon Project ( www.moralbeacons.org ), funded by a $3.9 million grant from Templeton Religion Trust, and is Past Director of the Character Project ( www.thecharacterproject.com ), funded by $5.6 million in grants from the John Templeton Foundation and Templeton World Charity Foundation. He is the author of over 80 academic papers as well as three books with Oxford University Press, Moral Character: An Empirical Theory (2013), Character and Moral Psychology (2014), and The Character Gap: How Good Are We? (2017). His writings have also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Dallas Morning News, Slate, The Conversation, Newsweek, Aeon, and Christianity Today. Miller is the editor or co-editor of Essays in the Philosophy of Religion (OUP), Character: New Directions from Philosophy, Psychology, and Theology (OUP), Moral Psychology, Volume V: Virtue and Character (MIT Press), Integrity, Honesty, and Truth-Seeking (OUP), and The Continuum Companion to Ethics (Continuum Press).

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Aug 15th, 10:00 AM Aug 15th, 12:20 PM

Digging Deeper in Character

BUL 207

This session is for anyone who wants to go deeper into issues surrounding character. We will devote some time to discussing the different practical strategies from the keynote talk in more detail. But we will consider additional philosophical and empirical issues as well, such as whether there is an objective list of virtues, why we should care about becoming a virtuous person, and what psychological research tells us about the extent to which we actually are virtuous, vicious, or (as I believe) neither. Since it will have both a conceptual and an empirical focus, this session should be of interest to a wide variety of faculty.