Jul 30
The Character Gap: How Good Are We and How Can We Become Better People?

  July 30, 2018, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

  John Locke Foundation, 200 W. Morgan Street, 2nd Floor, Raleigh, North Carolina 27601

Most of us would say that we may not be saints, but we are still honest, kind, and mostly trustworthy. However, hundreds of recent studies in psychology suggest that character flaws prevent us from being as good as we think that we are. For instance, in a group of unresponsive bystanders most of us will do nothing if someone is crying out for help. Professor Miller will explore what our character really looks like given our current scientific understanding, and – crucially – what concrete steps we can take to try to improve and become better people.

Dr. Christian Miller, professor of philosophy at Wake Forest University, discusses key themes from the book The Character Gap: How Good Are We? See slides from the presentation here.
Miller offered these comments during a July 30, 2018, presentation to the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society.

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