baner promujący wydarzenie Virtue & Human Development 21-22.05.2020 Gdańsk


Institute of Philosophy, University of Gdańsk
The Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing, The University of Oklahoma
invite you to
an International Conference:

Gdańsk, 21-22 May 2020

Virtue ethics, one of the most influential recent approaches to ethics, is founded on the Aristotelian idea of eudaimonia, having developed one’s potentialities. Eudaimonia so conceived, is to most virtue ethicists the goal of human life.

In order to achieve this goal, virtue ethicists say (and in saying that they also follow Aristotle), we need to develop ethical virtues, i.e., stable dispositions to perform morally good action, or in, other words, a morally good character. It is the realization of these virtues that constitutes the perfection of a human being as human being.

The above characterization of virtues is quite general, one can still ask about many important issues relating to the idea of eudaimonia, the central one being the one of human development. Thus, during our conference, we want to raise the following questions: How should human development be understood? How should we understand eudaimonia in the contemporary world? Is perfecting moral character necessary for achieving eudaimonia? What is the role of epistemic, executive, social or political virtues? Do virtues always enhance human development or do they, at least sometimes, impede it?

We invite all the persons interested in the issues to send their declarations of participation and abstracts.

Our invited speakers:

Paul Anand

Paul Anand (The Open University, United Kingdom)

Darcia Narvaez

Darcia Narvaez (University of Notre Dame, United States)

Kristján Kristjánsson

Kristján Kristjánsson (University of Birmingham, United Kingdom)

Christine Swanton

Christine Swanton (The University of Auckland, New Zealand)

Here is the link to our previous conferences