Saturday, November 6, 2010

Eudaimonia and Virtue: Rethinking the Good Life

Eudaimonia and Virtue: Rethinking the Good Life
University of Miami, February 25th-27th, 2011

Many ancient philosophers argued that our thinking and behavior should be grounded in a conception of eudaimonia, or human flourishing and virtue, instead of, for example, a hedonistic conception of happiness. A growing number of contemporary psychologists and philosophers think that there is something deeply correct about this general eudaimonist approach, even if we may not fully accept all of the specific arguments and views propounded, for example, by Aristotle and the Stoics.

This conference is intended to bring together philosophers and psychologists who are interested in developing a contemporary eudaimonist approach and in discussing how to best appropriate Ancient views. The conference will focus primarily on theory – to address key issues in the definition of eudaimonia, the importance of eudaimonia, challenges in studying eudaimonia, and future directions of eudaimonia scholarship – with a secondary, but active interest in empirical investigations of eudaimonia.

We are pleased to announce that the invited speakers will include some of the leading eudaimonia scholars from both psychology and philosophy, including Michael Slote, Eric Brown, Dan Haybron, Talbot Brewer, Alan Waterman, Joar Vitterso, and Corey Keyes.

We invite the submission of papers exploring these issues and welcome any interested individuals to attend and join the discussion.

Submitted papers should have either a reading time of 20 minutes with 10 minutes for discussion, or a reading time of 40 minutes with 20 minutes for discussion, and be submitted by email by December 15th, 2010.

Submissions and inquiries should be sent to eudaimonia@miami.edu. Further information about the conference will soon be available at www.education.miami.edu/eudaimonia.
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