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Owen Flanagan, Center for Ethics and Public Affairs Public Lecture
“Never in Anger: Cross Cultural Philosophical Variations”
Rogers Memorial Chapel
ABSTRACT: Anger is the most destructive emotion. But we live in an orgy of anger in which anger is normalized. I discuss some of the cultural variation in norms for anger, the philosophical implications of this variation, and some implication of using cross-cultural resources for ethics.
About the Speaker
Owen Flanagan is the James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy at Duke University where he also holds appointments in Psychology and Neurobiology. His research focuses on issues in moral psychology and the philosophy of mind, especially as these relate to problems of consciousness. He is the author of ten books, including, Consciousness Reconsidered (MIT Press, 1992), Self Expressions: Mind, Morals and the Meaning of Life (Oxford University Press, 1996), and, most recently, The Geography of Morals: Varieties of Moral Possibility, and he is the editor of four collected volumes. In addition, he has published dozens of articles in such highly regarded academic journals as Nous, the Journal of Philosophy, and Ethics. Professor Flanagan earned his Ph.D. from Boston University in 1978 and has been the recipient of many awards and distinctions throughout his career.