Practical Wisdom Colloquium Series

Between Rules and Practice: Why We Need Practical Wisdom in Politics

What moral skill and will do we need as citizens, professionals, parents and friends to know how to act in particular circumstances, especially when general rules and incentives are insufficient to guide us toward what is good or advantageous? Aristotle called this sort of moral know-how “practical wisdom” or phronesis. Recent research in the natural and social sciences has profound implications for practical wisdom. Findings from fields as diverse as evolutionary biology, social psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, education and political science provide an increasingly complex understanding of the human capacity (and the limits of that capacity) for empathy, judgment, problem solving, deliberation, and cooperation—all of which are ingredients of practical wisdom. The goal of the colloquium series “Between Rules and Practice” is not only to survey diverse fields of knowledge and bring them to bear on contemporary practices and institutions in democratic societies, but also to ask: Are good institutions enough?  Should the university cultivate practical wisdom in citizens and leaders?  For more information please contact Ann Cameron.

 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

David Olson, University Professor Emeritus at OISE/University of Toronto, and author of The World on Paper

“The Search for the Beginnings of Wisdom: Agency, intentionality and responsibility in childhood”
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies

Dinner
6:45, Green College

Fireside Chat
8:00 pm, Green College

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Patricia Churchland, Professor Emerita of Philosophy at the University of California at San Diego, and Adjunct Professor at the Salk Institute, author of Braintrust

Principal's Lecture followed by a fireside chat at Green College, 8:00 pm.

 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Patricia Churchland, Professor Emerita of Philosophy at the University of California at San Diego, and Adjunct Professor at the Salk Institute, author of Braintrust

“What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality”
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies

 

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Patricia Churchland, Professor Emerita of Philosophy at the University of California at San Diego, and Adjunct Professor at the Salk Institute, author of Braintrust

“Morality and the Brain”
8:15 pm, The Vancouver Institute

 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Kenneth Sharpe, William R. Kenan Professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College, author (with Barry Schwartz) of Practical Wisdom.

“Practical Wisdom and Its Enemies: Nurturing Good Character in an Age of Rules and Incentives”
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies

Dinner
6:45, Green College

Fireside Chat
8:00 pm, Green College

 

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Maxwell A. Cameron, Director of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions and Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at UBC

“Between Rules and Practice: Practical Wisdom in Constitutional Democracies”
6:00 pm, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies
By invitation: Max.Cameron@ubc.ca

 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Barry Schwartz, Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action at Swarthmore College, author of The Paradox of Choice.

“Doing the Right Thing for the Right Reason: Why Incentives Are No Substitute for Character”
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies

Dinner
6:45, Green College

Fireside Chat
8:00 pm, Green College

 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Frans de Waal, C.D. Candler Professor of Psychology & Director of the Living Links Centre at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University, author of The Age of Empathy

“Morality Before Religion: Empathy, Fairness and Prosocial Primates”
3:00-5:00 pm, Frederic Wood Theatre