Virtue & Human Development

June 2, 2022 - June 3, 2022
Institute of Philosophy, University of Gdańsk

ul. Jana Bażyńskiego 4
Gdańsk 80-309

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Uniwersytetu Gdanskiego

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Virtue ethics, one of the most influential recent approaches to ethics, is founded on the Aristotelian idea of eudaimonia, having developed one’s potentialities. Eudaimonia so conceived, is to most virtue ethicists the goal of human life.

In order to achieve this goal, virtue ethicists say (and in saying that they also follow Aristotle), we need to develop ethical virtues, i.e., stable dispositions to perform morally good action, or in other words, a morally good character. It is the realization of these virtues that constitutes the perfection of a person as human being.

The above characterization of virtues is quite general, one can still ask about many important issues relating to the idea of eudaimonia, the central one being the human development. Thus, during our conference, we want to raise the following questions: How should human development be understood? How should we understand eudaimonia in the contemporary world? Is perfecting moral character necessary for achieving eudaimonia? What is the role of epistemic, executive, social or political virtues? Do virtues always enhance human development or do they, at least sometimes, impede it?

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


The conference will last two days. In the mornings there will be plenary sessions with lectures of keynote speakers (each lecture 1ha 30 min. including discussion). In the afternoons there will be sessions in groups (each presentation about 30 min. including discussion).

• 1 May 2022 – 300 word abstract to be submitted (email: [email protected])
• 6 May 2022 latest notification of acceptance
• 16 May 2022 – payment deadline
• 2 June 2022 – conference commences

Conference registration fee: 75 euro or 340 zł.
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• Coffee, tea, water, and biscuits (coffee break)
• Lunches (2-3.06.2022)  

Conference dinner: 30 euro or 100 zł

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