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Virtue, Flourishing, and the Purpose of the Professions

A lecture by Professor John Haldane (Baylor University & University of St Andrews)

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Virtue, Flourishing, and the Purpose of the Professions
Virtue, Flourishing, and the Purpose of the Professions

Time & Location

Mar 10, 2020, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM PDT


About the Event

In this lecture, John Haldane drew upon his recent work in virtue theory as well as the thought of John Henry Newman, Matthew Arnold, and John Stuart Mill to make the case for flourishing as the ultimate goal of general education and of the professions. He also answered questions from attendees regarding his engagement with Newman’s vision of education, the relation of virtue to philosophical anthropology, and the role of cultural transformation in recent educational proposals.

This lecture was sponsored by the Zephyr Institute’s Center for the Study of the Professions and Moral Purpose.

Photo by Lex Sirikiat on Unsplash

About the Speaker

John Haldane is the J. Newton Rayzor Sr. Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Baylor University, and Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. He is also Visiting Professor in Philosophy of Education at the Jubilee Centre University of Birmingham.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Chair of the Royal Institute of Philosophy in London. He has also held the Royden Davis Chair in Humanities at Georgetown University, and visiting fellowships at Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Oxford, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame universities. Later in 2020 he will take up a chair of Philosophy of Education at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne.

He has delivered the Gifford Lectures at Aberdeen, the Stanton Lectures at Cambridge, the Kaminski Lectures at Lublin, the MacDonald Lectures at Oxford, and the Joseph Lectures at the Gregorian in Rome. He was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI Consultor to the Pontifical Council for Culture and served for ten years as such, and as a member of the Pontifical Academies of Life, and of Thomas Aquinas, all at the Vatican.

A proponent of analytical approaches to the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, Haldane’s books include Atheism and Theism, An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Religion, Faithful Reason: Essays Catholic and Philosophical, Reasonable Faith, and Seeking Meaning and Making Sense. He has appeared on many BBC radio and television programs and contributed to the Times, and other newspapers and written widely for commentary, art and religious periodicals.

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