Thanks to a generous grant from the Templeton World Charity
Foundation, we are pleased to announce the launch of the Developing
Character Project. The project builds on the work during the past
three years of the Character Project based at Wake Forest
University. The primary goal of the Developing Character Project is
to disseminate the results of our previous work to a larger academic
and popular audience. More details can be found here:
The Character Project (www.thecharacterproject.com) is happy to formally announce the winners of our Essay and Book Prize Competition. In philosophy the winners included Tom Hurka and Iskra Fileva. Please be sure to congratulate them!
Seminar Leader: Christian Miller Director, The Character Project
The goal of this seminar is to consider the existence and nature of character and virtue in light of various results in psychology. Participants will receive a stipend of $1,500 for attending, plus have their travel, meal, reading materials, and lodging costs covered. We expect to have several leading philosophers working in this area visit the seminar to each lead one meeting. The seminar meetings will conclude on Thursday, June 27, so that all participants can attend the Character Project final conference on June 27-29.
The Character Project at Wake Forest University is pleased to announce The Character Essay and Book Prize. This prize is aimed at essays or books on character which are accessible to non-academic audiences in venues with a wide readership. The competition will award $3,000 to each winning submission. We aim to make nine awards total. Three awards will be for submissions which address themes related to the psychology of character, three for submissions related to the philosophy of character, and three for submissions related to the theology of character. Winners will be invited (all expenses paid) to the Character Project’s Final Research Conference in June 2013 at the Graylyn International Conference Center in Winston-Salem, NC (http://www.graylyn.com), and awards will be presented at this event. Deadline for submission is February 1, 2013. For further details, please visit: http://www.thecharacterproject.com/prizes.php . The Character Project is funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.
Newman, Lockhart, and Keil recently published their finding that when judging a person’s overall moral goodness or badness across a lifetime, we seem biased toward the end of life (at Cognition here). According to this theory, we do not judge the moral qualities of a person’s lifetime character by merely adding up the ‘moral points’ of her individual actions over that life. Instead, if Scrooge or Andrew Carnegie turns things around at the end of their lives, we will attribute much greater goodness to them across their whole lives because we give greater consideration to what people do at the end of their lives than we give to the rest of their lives, when determining the moral character of a life. I think that the data presented by Newman et al. are open to at least two other explanations, however.