November 15, 3:30 PM, Knight 210: "Towards Human Flourishing" Dr. Paul Lewis, Professor of Christian Ethics and Dr. Mark Jones, Professor of Law present on their edited volume: Mark L. Jones, Paul A. Lewis, Kelly E. Reffit, Toward Human Flourishing: Character, Practical Wisdom, and Professional Formation (Mercer University Press, 2013).
This collection of essays and other materials grows from a series of interdisciplinary projects involving more than 150 faculty and a significant number of students from Mercer University’s 11 colleges and schools between 2005 and 2010. The book explores the relevance to contemporary education of a number of Aristotelian convictions:
• Authentic human flourishing in community with others requires good character—the acquisition of an ensemble of deeply ingrained knowledge, skills, and dispositions by which a person makes good decisions that promote the good.
• The “master virtue” of practical wisdom (phronesis) lies at the heart of good character by conducting this ensemble in particular situations so that the agent “does the right thing in the right way at the right time.”
• This book calls educators—whether teacher, scholar, or administrator—to join together across disciplines and institutions to foster practical wisdom throughout the educational continuum.