Outside Speaker Series: Moral Saints and Moral Failure
Dr. Meghan Sullivan (Philosophy Department - University of Notre Dame)
Date & Time:
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
How hard is it to live a good life?
Is it ever a good thing to be immoral?
Would someone who was trying as hard as possible to be moral live a better life than someone who often devotes herself to non-moral projects?
Philosopher Susan Wolf has a provocative argument that "moral saints'' have lives that are in many important respects not good at all. In this session, we'll debate the extent to which you should commit to being moral and consider the implications of Wolf's argument for what career you choose, how we construe humanitarian aid projects, and whether the concept of "secular'' sainthood even makes sense. We'll also discuss ways that we moderns conceive of a good life differently than figures likes Aristotle and Plato.