We will engage with some of the leading ideas in secular Western philosophy about virtue, flourishing, and the relationship between the two. The first part will consider the requirements for being virtuous, including motivational and behavioral requirements. The second half will draw on Aristotle in particular to consider the idea that a flourishing life centrally involves the virtues. If time allows, we will consider some competing theories of flourishing as well. This will not be a traditional lecture, but rather an interactive discussion throughout our time together. Christian reflections on these secular ideas will be very strongly encouraged.

This event is made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The opinions expressed in this conference are those of the participants and do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation.

Christian B. Miller (PhD Notre Dame University) is A. C. Reid Professor of Philosophy at Wake Forest University. His research is primarily in contemporary ethics and philosophy of religion. He is the author of The Character Gap: How Good Are We? (Oxford University Press, 2017).

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