Colloquium: Where the Wild Things Are

Colloquium: Where the Wild Things Are
November 20, 2009

Everyone is invited to join us on selected Friday afternoons at 3:30 p.m. in Crabbe Library Room 201 for a hour of informal, moderated discussion over articles of various topics selected by EKU faculty. Refreshments will be provided by EKU Student Government Association.

Dr. Laura Newhart will moderate this week’s discussion of Where the Wild Things Are:

In the philosopher’s picture, the good life is won through direct assault. Heroes use reason to separate virtue from vice. Then they use willpower to conquer weakness, fear, selfishness and the dark passions lurking inside. Once they achieve virtue they do virtuous things. In the psychologist’s version, the good life is won indirectly. People have only vague intuitions about the instincts and impulses that have been implanted in them by evolution, culture and upbringing. There is no easy way to command all the wild things jostling inside.

For more information about the series, please click here.


Of related interest: The ‘Next Big Thing’ in Ideas (NPR);  The New New Philosophy (NY Times); The X-Philes (Slate); The Moral Instinct (NY Times); Experimental Philosophy (; First Person Plural (The Atlantic); Experiments in Ethics (Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews); Do You Know What You’re Doing? and Follow-Up (On the Human); Know Thyself (Perspectives on Psychological Science)