Virtue, Narrative, Culture: Ethical Perspectives for a Learning Society

Dr. Kathleen Glenister Roberts
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This colloquium session consists of five papers written from distinct yet co-informing philosophical and ethical perspectives: virtue ethics, narrative grounding, and cultural meanings. The study of what we know as "ethics" is shaped by intense reflection, the search for virtue, historical contexts, and intercultural dialogue. Thus, we believe that in order to "know" about ethics we must be committed to continuous learning. We offer the metaphor of a "Learning Society" to complement the Third International Conference on the Humanities' themes concerning meaning and knowledge.

The five scholars participating in this colloquium are committed to research and teaching on ethics from diverse disciplines. Our goal in this session is to explore ethical praxis: how we can move from theory to practice by privileging learning. First, David Solomon provides the theoretical foundation for the colloquium by discussing recent work in virtue ethics. Ronald C. Arnett and Janie Harden Fritz examine two renowned scholars whose work has implications for communication ethics: Hannah Arendt, and Charles Taylor. Thomas Hibbs and Kathleen Glenister Roberts each provide insight into the space where ethics and culture converge, finding that epistemology often resides in narrative. We hope these five papers will provide helpful departure points for discussion about continued learning in these areas of the humanities.

Keywords: Ethics, Virtue Ethics, Narrative, Alterity, Arendt, Hannah, Taylor, Charles
Stream: Philosophy, Ethics, Consciousness
Presentation Type: Colloquium in English
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Dr. Kathleen Glenister Roberts

Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, Duquesne University

Dr Kathleen Glenister Roberts was educated in the humanities as a University Scholar at the University of Richmond, Virginia. She earned a Master of Arts from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana and holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University-Bloomington. She has been an Associate Fellow of the International Folklore Fellows and a Future Faculty Teaching Fellow. Some of her recent research essays have appeared in "Communication Theory"; "Text And Performance Quarterly"; "Communication Quarterly"; and "The Howard Journal Of Communications". Her current book is "Alterity And Narrative: Rhetorical Tropes Of Western Intercultural Contact". She was honored in 2004 with the Presidential Scholarship Award at Duquesne University.

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