About The Lecture
Moral knowledge deals with "the thoughts and intents of the heart," with a person's character, and with good and evil. But can the moral life really be a subject of knowledge, or only of tradition, sentiment, and opinion or "faith"? This talk draws upon themes from Professor Willard’s forthcoming book, The Disappearance of Moral Knowledge. With the ascendency of empirical thinking, moral knowledge has become more elusive for modern men and women, precisely because knowledge of the self is not empirical. Concurrent with the rise of exclusively empirical thinking in the modern world, the will has been elevated above the intellect and the affective faculties of the human person. The implications of these trends for the psychological sciences, and the possibility of recovering a shared moral knowledge, will be explored.
About The Speaker
Dallas Willard is a Professor in the School of Philosophy at the University of Southern California, where he has taught since 1965. He was Director of the USC School of Philosophy from 1982-1985. His academic publications are in the areas of epistemology, the philosophy of mind and of logic, and on the philosophy of Edmund Husserl. He also lectures and publishes in religion. His book, Renovation of the Heart, was published in May 2002, and received Christianity Today’s 2003 Book Award in the category of Spirituality. The Divine Conspiracy was released in 1998 and selected Christianity Today's "Book of the Year" for 1999. He is also author of, Spirit of the Disciplines, and Hearing God. He has served on the boards of the C.S. Lewis Foundation and Biola University. Professor Willard is the recipient of many awards, including the USC Student Senate Award for Outstanding Faculty of the Year, and the USC Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching.