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Owen Flanagan May, 2014

May 5-8, 2014 visit by Owen Flanagan James B Duke Professor and Professor of Neurobiology at Duke University. Flanagan will be visiting us for several days.  Among other things, he’ll make himself available to the new ICDS Values Focus Group for consultation on interdisciplinary values research on Monday, May 5, 3-5 PM.  He will also give a colloquium talk on mindfulness on Tuesday, May 6, 4-6 PM and will be presenting at the Social Personality Group at noon on May 7th.  Finally, he has agreed to make himself available to meet one-on-one or in small groups with faculty and grad students while here.
Please let Mark Alfano ( whether you (or one of your grad students) would like to meet Flanagan over a meal or for one of the available hours.

Title:   “Varieties of Moral Self Cultivation”

Abstract: In addition to communal work to develop good people, most traditions have methods of self-cultivation that are designed to help create, sustain, develop, and perfect various virtues and other excellences.  I’ll talk about some mindfulness techniques in classical Confucianism and classical Buddhism and relate them to some contemporary psychological thinking about human first nature and to some philosophical thinking about the possibilities of rational control and ethical criticism.


May 5, 2014 3:00 pm, Knight Library Reading Room – Meeting with the Values Focus Group
May 6, 2014 4:00 pm, 202 Ford Alumni Room – Colloquium “Varieties of Moral Self Cultivation”
May 7, 2014  noon, 271B Franklin Building – Brownbag presentation for the Social Personality Group
May 8, 2014 Guest presenter in Mark Johnson Philosophy seminars


For a download of the poster click here.