Next CEPA seminar: ‘Character Education and the Vices of the Mind’, Dr Ian Kidd

Join us on Wednesday 22 January, 3.30-5.00pm, for the next seminar, presented by Dr Ian Kidd (University of Nottingham): ‘Corrupting the Youth’? Character Education and the Vices of the Mind.

Abstract: There’s much enthusiasm, these days, for character education – roughly, the conviction that the improvement of individual character ought to be a central aim of education. An important aspect of this is epistemic character education, focused on the cultivation of the virtues of the mind – curiosity, reflectiveness, and so on. But if education can serve to enhance epistemic character, then it could also damage or corrupt it by promoting the development of the epistemic vices – arrogance, closed-mindedness, and so on. The aim of this talk is to offer a way of thinking about the epistemically corrupting potential of contemporary higher education.

EDEN006, Eden Building, Hope Park Campus, Liverpool, L16 9JD.

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