On the next Philosophy in Action Radio, I'll answer questions on personality theory and ethics, euthanizing a pet, signs of repression, and more. The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 5 April 2015. If you can't attend live, be sure to listen to the podcast later.


Virtues

  • Q&A: The Special Seven Virtues: 12 Apr 2015, Question 1
  • Question: What's so special about the seven virtues? Ayn Rand identified seven virtues: rationality, honesty, productiveness, independence, justice, integrity, and pride. What's different about those qualities – as compared to other commonly-touted virtues like benevolence, creativity, temperance, or courage? Basically, why are those seven the virtues in Objectivism? Is Objectivism right to single them out?

    Tags: Character, Ethics, Virtues

  • Podcast: The Cultivation of Character: 19 Nov 2014
  • Summary: In his Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle speaks of cultivating virtues by repeatedly doing certain actions in certain ways. However, he never clearly explains the relationship between a person's thoughts, emotions, actions, and character. So, we must ask: What is character? How is a person's character formed? And what is the role of character in a person's life? This lecture draws on my dissertation, now published as Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame, to answer these criticial practical questions of ethics. This lecture was originally given at SnowCon in March 2011, then re-recorded in April 2011.

    Tags: Aristotle, Character, Emotions, Ethics, Free Will, Moral Habits, Rationality, Virtues


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