Wednesday, October 29, 2014

In Character Videos

The Character Project at Wake Forest University has posted five videos as a part of its "In Character" series. They include discussions of situationism and moral responsibility, virtue epistemology, humility and forgiveness, and character and liturgy, among other topics in philosophy, theology, and psychology:
All of these researchers were supported by the Project's funding competitions, and ultimately by the John Templeton Foundation.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Is Humility a Virtue in the Context of Sport?

The short answer is yes. The long answer can be found in my latest paper, now published by the Journal of Applied Philosophy and available online at this link:

Here's the abstract:
I define humility as a virtue that includes both proper self-assessment and a self-lowering other-centeredness. I then argue that humility, so understood, is a virtue in the context of sport, for several reasons. Humility is a component of sportspersonship, deters egoism in sport, fuels athletic aspiration and risk-taking, fosters athletic forms of self-knowledge, decreases the likelihood of an athlete seeking to strongly humiliate her opponents or be weakly humiliated by them, and can motivate an athlete to achieve greater levels of excellence in her sport. In the context of team sports, humility can contribute to an athlete being a better teammate, foster unity amidst diversity within a team, and contribute to the overall moral and athletic excellence of a team. I also argue that an individual who is truly the world's greatest athlete can know and communicate this truth, while remaining humble.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Review of Virtues in Action

See a review of the book here:

You may need to use the Google translate button at the top of the page, as the review is not in English.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Becoming Good

In light of the aims of this blog, see this post at my other ethics blog, Ethics for Everyone.

Blog Name #24

Well, maybe not 24, but a recurring habit of mine is changing the name of this blog. The current iteration of this is "A Useful Inquiry," based on the following quotation from Aristotle:

"We are inquiring not in order to know what virtue is, but in order to become good, since otherwise our inquiry would have been of no use."

I believe that thoughtful inquiry can be useful for the cultivation of character and the pursuit of human flourishing. Philosophical knowledge of virtue is important, but for the inquiry to be useful in the most important way such knowledge should be applied. This blog is a place for raising issues, questions, and considering ideas relevant to these ends. And sometimes I'll just post about something simply because I want to write about it. It is a blog, after all.

Monday, January 6, 2014

New Blog on Sport and Philosophy by David Papineau

David Papineau has recently launched a new blog dealing with issues in sport and philosophy entitled "More Important Than That: How Philosophy Can Illuminate Sport and Vice Versa."

The first post, now up, is "Choking, The Yips, and Not Having Your Mind Right." Some possible future topics include "Mutual Aid and the Art of Road Cycle Racing," and "Why You Can't Just Decide to Support a Team."

I think readers of this blog will find such posts to be very interesting, and there is already a lot of discussion happening at Papineau's new blog.