Teaching for the Good Life

In this seminar, Dr. Dutmer will provide a practical, hands-on teaching seminar and workshop on teaching Ethics to young people (especially high schoolers), at a time in their lives when they are gripped by visions of their future-oriented selves. Based on Culver Academies' Ethics course for 11th graders, this seminar will explore activities like engaging students in discussion on what “the good life” might be, and what we think the virtues of which a good person might consist through Socratic dialoguing; reading and reflecting on community virtues and values in character-oriented ethics from around the world; and combining this enriching philosophical reflection with contemporary research in philosophy, Social Emotional Learning, positive psychology, and sociology to confront injustice, bigotry, and inequity while promoting fairness, caring, empowerment, and human flourishing in our world. Together, this reflection and practice form a rich and powerful introduction to the good life and its connection to the cultivation of character.