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Evolution & Ethics

China Values and Virtues

November 2012

Creating Character

November 2-4, 2012
Beijing Xi Hua Business Hotel

Creating Character
Conference Organizers: Xing Taotao and Christina Van Dyke

What is character, and how does one create it? Perhaps more importantly, how should one create it? The topic of virtue and character played a key role in Western ethical theory from Plato and Aristotle through the mid-18th century. Focus shifted in the 19th and 20th century to what constitutes a right action or motivation, but virtue ethics and virtue epistemology is again garnering serious attention in contemporary discussions.

Keynote Speakers:

Linda as directorDr. Linda Zagzebski
George Lynn Cross Research Professor of Philosophy
Kingfisher College Chair of the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics
University of Oklahoma

Dr. Zagzebski has given the McCarthy Lectures at the Gregorian University in Rome, the Wilde Lectures in Natural Religion at Oxford, and the Kaminski Lectures at the Catholic University of Lublin, Poland. Her books include The Dilemma of Freedom and Foreknowledge, (Oxford University Press, 1991), Virtues of the Mind (Cambridge University Press, 1996), Divine Motivation Theory (Cambridge University Press, 2004), and On Epistemology (Wadsworth, 2008), as well as many edited books and articles in virtue epistemology, philosophy of religion, and virtue ethics.

Christina as director
Dr. Christina Van Dyke
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Director of the Values and Virtues Program

Calvin College

Dr. Van Dyke specializes in medieval philosophy (particularly metaphysics, ethics, and the philosophy of mind) and the philosophy of gender. She has co-authored Aquinas’s Ethics: Metaphysical Foundations and Theological Context (with Rebecca DeYoung and Colleen McCluskey), co-edited The Cambridge History of Medieval Philosophy (with Robert Pasnau), and is currently working with Thomas Williams on a new translation and commentary on Aquinas’s Treatise on Happiness. She is Executive Director for the Society of Christian Philosophers.

Western Presenters
Charity Anderson (Oxford University)
Sara Bernstein (Duke University)
Andrew Chignell (Cornell University/University of Pittsburgh)
Kristen Inglis (University of Pittsburgh)
Scott MacDonald (Cornell University)
Al Plantinga (Notre Dame University/Calvin College)
Dani Rabinowitz (Oxford University)
Jay Wood (Wheaton College)

Conference and Lodging
Beijing Xi Hua (Haidian gymnasium) Business Hotel, No.12 Yiheyuan Road, Haidian District, Beijing.

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This conference is sponsored by Peking University, Calvin College’s Nagel Institute and the Society of Christian Philosophers.


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Date & Location

November 2-4, 2012
Beijing Xi Hua Business Hotel

Conference Directors

Linda Zagzebski
Christina Van Dyke