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Cultivating the Virtues

Jonathan Webber discusses the paradox of how we should think about how to live.

Many ethical theories recommend that ethical practice should be concerned primarily with cultivating virtues. This seems problematic when taken as advice to the individual moral agent. The problem can be stated as a dilemma: either I am supposed to take my own self-improvement as my primary ethical goal, which seems narcissistic; or I am supposed to view self-improvement as a way of ensuring that I behave well in future, which seems to view my future actions as flowing mechanically from character while also viewing my current actions aimed at self-improvement as resulting from deliberation and decision.

Jonathan Webber is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Cardiff University and Visiting Fellow at University of Bristol. He works on the ways in which our everyday understanding of human psychology informs, and often misinforms, our moral thinking.



Dr Jonathan Webber | talks


Date and Time:

16 October 2011 at 11:00 am


2 hours



Conway Hall
Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square
0207 242 8034

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