Twentieth-century Views on Virtue and Vice Will Be Revisited in Baylor Philosophy Lecture

April 29, 2014
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WACO, Texas (April 29, 2014) – The department of philosophy at Baylor University will host a lecture by John Haldane, Ph.D., professor of philosophy and director of the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in Room 108 of Morrison Hall, 1410 S. Fifth Street.

Haldane, who has published more than 200 academic papers on the history of philosophy, holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in fine art and philosophy, a certification in education and a Ph.D. in philosophy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and chairman of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, and he has taught at the University of St. Andrews for more than 30 years.

“He is a terrific philosopher, well-recognized internationally and nationally for his philosophical insight and professional accomplishments,” said Michael Beaty, Ph.D., professor and chair of the department of philosophy in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. “He is also a public intellectual and comments frequently in Scotland, England and beyond, on issues of public significance.”

The title of Haldane’s lecture is “Virtue Ethics: Anscombe Revisited” and will look at the ethical arguments made by Elizabeth Anscombe, a popular 20th-century Catholic philosopher on sex ethics.

“An Elizabeth Anscombe essay, ‘Modern Moral Philosophy,’ stimulated a revival of interest in the virtue and vice,” and predicted contemporary culture’s disinterest in moral matters, Beaty said.

A question-and-answer session with Haldane will follow his lecture. For more information, contact the department of philosophy at 254-710-3368.

by Rachel Miller, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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