CFP: Call for Applications: Summer Seminar: The Virtue of Honesty: New Perspectives and Empirical Discoveries

Submission deadline: January 2, 2023

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Call for Applications:
“The Virtue of Honesty: New Perspectives and Empirical Discoveries”

July 12-22, 2023
Wake Forest University

Seminar Leader:
Dr. Christian B. Miller
A.C. Reid Professor of Philosophy
Director, The Honesty Project
Past Director, The Character Project

Seminar Description: The goal of the seminar is for early career scholars to engage with the latest work on the philosophy and the psychology of honesty so that participants can better advance future research on honesty themselves and also improve their teaching in the area. This eight-day seminar will be held for 15 participants at Wake Forest University in the summer of 2023. The seminar will cover much of the latest work on the philosophy and psychology of honesty, and will engage with questions such as:

  • What is the definition and value of honesty in its moral and intellectual forms? What are the behavioral and motivational requirements for being honest or exceptionally so?
  • To what extent are people honest? How does this vary by culture?
  • What contextual and internal factors encourage honesty and shape its development in individuals, groups, organizations, and institutions?
  • What are the consequences of honesty and dishonesty for relationships, groups, organizations, and institutions?
  • Under what conditions is dishonesty justified, if any? What factors lead people to be receptive to or offended by honesty?

Potential Readings: Tom Carson, Lying and Deception: Theory and Practice; Christian Miller, Honesty: The Philosophy and Psychology of a Neglected Virtue; and articles from psychology and philosophy.

Logistics and Funding: Seminar meetings are expected to last roughly three hours per day, and will conclude on Thursday so that all participants can attend the Honesty Project Final Conference on July 20-22. Participants will have their travel, meal, reading material, and lodging costs covered during the 8 days of the seminar and the 3 days of the conference. They will be housed at the Graylyn Conference Center, one of the nicest facilities in the country.

Application Deadline: January 2, 2023.

More Details: Summer Seminar - Honesty Project (

For questions, email us at [email protected].

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