Colloquium: Moral Lessons from Ulysses S. Grant

Dr. Kenneth W. Kemp (Department of Philosophy)

Date & Time:

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


JRC 126
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Conceptual clarity and good argument may be the paradigmatic components of the philosopher’s tool-kit, but it is important not to neglect a third component --- the examples that keep moral philosophy from being an arid abstraction.  In addition to drawing distinctions and making arguments, the philosopher (the lover of wisdom) must find time to tell stories.

In his talk, Dr. Kent wants to tell three stories from the life of our eighteenth president, Ulysses S. Grant.  From these stories, we can learn something about magnanimity in victory, perseverance in adversity, and reparation for wrongs we have committed.  This learning will not be the acceptance of new theses, but an increase in our stock of examples to follow as we confront the moral challenge that is human life.

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