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The Annual Lecture in Public Philosophy

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs (CCEPA) and Saint Mary's University Department of Philosophy are pleased to present the 2010-2011 Annual Lecture in Public Philosophy:

Public Morality, Liberalism & Virtue Ethics

Dr. Clarence Sholé Johnson, Professor, Department of Philosophy, Middle Tennessee State University

Dr. Johnson will examine the breakdown of public morality in contemporary society as it relates to a lack of moral commitment by public officials in the execution of public functions and as custodians of the public trust. By construing it as an unintended consequence of liberal individualism, Dr. Johnson will distinguish between public morality which falls within the purview of the law and private morality, which does not. Dr. Johnson will question whether forms of conduct not proscribed by law are permissible even when at variance with our basic common sense or moral intuition and goes so far as to suggest that making character-building and the acquisition of moral virtues a cornerstone of our current liberal education system might help collapse the distinction between public and private morality.

Thursday, September 22, 2011, 7:00 pm
McNally Theatre Auditorium, Saint Mary's University
Free admission. Reception to follow



CCEPA is a joint initiative of The Atlantic School of Theology and Saint Mary's University .

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