CFP: Virtue and Moral Education

Submission deadline: April 1, 2018

Conference date(s):
May 17, 2018 - May 18, 2018

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Conference Venue:

Institute of Philosophy, Sociology and Journalism, University of Gdańsk
Gdańsk, Poland

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The Institute of Philosophy, Sociology and Journalism, University of Gdańsk and The Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing, University of Oklahoma
invites You to an International Conference entitled Virtue and Moral Education. Conference will be held on 17-18 May 2018 in Gdańsk. 

Contemporary virtue ethics is one of the most influential approaches to ethics. Its main focus is the growth of moral agents by developing their moral character. Moral character consists in various stable, acquired cognitive-affective dispositions to morally good acting. In philosophy such dispositions are labeled as virtues.

During the conference Virtue and Moral Education we want to raise the questions: How should moral character, not only that of children but also of adults, be shaped? How should we develop valuable features of character within ourselves and in others? How should we influence the change of moral convictions, and make people want to become more benevolent to each other, more honest and helpful? How should we evoke motivation to constantly keep working on our own character?

We would also like to discuss the issue of the most valuable methods in moral education that would influence not only behavior but also affective and cognitive processes. Such discussion would include reflection over directive and nondirective methods of education, their strong and weak sides. It would encompass discussing the role and place of moral exemplars (moral saints, heroes, and sages), as well as the role and place of the method of value clarification and education through moral dilemmas.

Keynote speakers:

Linda Zagzebski

(University of Oklahoma)

Kristján Kristjánsson

(University of Birmingham)

Robert C. Roberts

(Baylor University)


We invite all the persons interested in the issues of moral education and the development of moral character to send their declarations of participation and abstracts.

We welcome papers on any topic to do with the conference theme. Please submit an abstract (max. 300 words, prepared for blind review) by 1-st April 2018 to Applicants should be ready to give a 20 minute talk.

Conference registration fee: 75 euro or 300 zł which includes conference materials, coffee, tea, water and biscuits, lunches (17 - 18 May)


Natasza Szutta
Instytut Filozofii, Socjologii i Dziennikarstwa UG
ul. Jana Bażyńskiego 4
80-309 Gdańsk

The event is organised under the patronage of Filozofuj!

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