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Virtue Forum Luncheon

Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing

Friday, October 20, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (CDT)

Virtue Forum Luncheon

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VIRTUE FORUM LUNCHEON

 

"Horny Hands and Dirty Skin: On the Virtues of Courage, Humility, Patience, and Tolerance"

by Jacob Goodson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Southwestern College

 

Complimentary lunch will be provided for all registered attendees. Please register by October 13th.


Presentation Abstract

The American philosopher William James (1842 - 1910) offers a strong defense of tolerance as a virtue. James even admits that tolerance is a difficult and messy virtue: tolerance is a virtue that callouses the hands (“horny hands”) and dirties the skin. As a virtue, tolerance relates to how we engage with intolerance. Engaging with intolerant positions displays the virtue of courage, because it risks being perceived as the intolerant having a hold on you. Engaging with intolerant positions displays the virtue of humility, because you do not prioritize your own positions over and against those with whom you disagree. Engaging with intolerant positions displays the virtue of patience, because you endure the intolerance in your own life. In this presentation, I make a case for what I consider James’s four cardinal virtues: tolerance, patience, humility, courage. Second, I explain the significance of James’s metaphors of “horny hands” and “dirty skin.” Third, I discuss James’s understanding of happiness, joy, and living a significant life.


About Dr. Goodson

Dr. Jacob L. Goodson is the Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Southwestern College.  He holds a M.T.S. degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, specializing in ethics. He holds an M.A. in Religious Studies, specializing in religious philosophy, and a Ph.D. in Philosophical Theology, specializing in the Philosophy of Religion, from the University of Virginia (UVa).  He is the author of Narrative Theology and the Hermeneutical Virtues: Humility, Patience, Prudence (Lexington Books, 2015). He has co-edited three books: Rorty and the Religious: Christian Engagements with a Secular Philosopher, with Brad Elliott Stone, (Cascade Books, 2012); The Universe Is Indifferent: Theology, Philosophy, Mad Men, with Ann W. Duncan, (Cascade Press, 2016); and Rorty and the Prophetic: Jewish Engagements with a Secular Philosopher, with Brad Elliott Stone (Lexington Books, 2017). Learn more about Dr. Goodson

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Bizzell Library, Room LL118
401 W Brooks St
Norman, OK 73019

Friday, October 20, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (CDT)


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