Falling Short and Becoming Virtuous: Insights from Psychology, Philosophy, and Christianity
Most of us realize we’re not as good as we could be. But can we become better? In this lecture Miller outlines some steps that we can take to grow in virtue and become better people. He begins by clarifying what virtue is, and why it is important, and then discusses how most of us fall short of virtue, an idea familiar from the Christian tradition but also confirmed by empirical research in psychology. With this background in place, he turns to highlighting at least four different ideas for improving our characters that should appeal to both Christians and non-Christians alike.
||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).