The group will read and discuss: Moral Literacy by Barbara Herman (2007), Harvard University Press
What is the influence of current ethics debates on philosophy, sociology, economics? Can virtue be taught? Can abstract ethical reasoning be reconciled with the complexity of real-world moral judgements? In this book, Barbara Herman, a distinguished moral philosopher and a leading interpreter of Kant's ethics, confronts the neo-Aristotelian virtue theory with the Kantian framework and delves into many concrete issues that shape our world today. The focus of the discussion will be on human development, the influence of social institutions and morality in shaping ordinary life, and on issues such as education, poverty, politics, moral faith, and happiness, among others.
FIRST MEETING: Von Hugel Institute, St Edmund's College, Thursday, 02 Feb from 10:00 to 12:00 (5 weekly meetings during Lent term).
Two first chapters will be presented on 'Making Room for Character' and 'Pluralism and the Community of Moral Judgement'.