Christian Miller, A.C. Reid Professor of Philosophy, Wake Forest University, will speak on:
"The Neglected Virtue of Honesty: Is Anyone Honest These Days, and What Does 'Honesty' Even Mean?"
Honesty and dishonesty are clearly big topics today, with stories about politicians from both parties lying to the media, students cheating on exams, and athletes using banned substances. But what is honesty? And how honest are people in general? In the first half of the presentation, we will focus on the philosophical question of what makes someone an honest person. In the second half, we will turn to the latest studies in psychology on cheating. The emerging picture calls into question whether most people are indeed honest. But it also, surprisingly, suggests that dishonesty is rare too. For most of us, we are somewhere in the middle.
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