Cultivating Character: The Art of Living

Panel Discussion February 3, 2016

Nearly everyone agrees that knowledge is gained through diligent study and investigation, but there is far greater ambiguity when it comes to the meaning of wisdom and how it is acquired. What is wisdom, and how can it be attained? Is there an empirical relationship between wisdom and the cultivation of character, as Aristotle and others have argued? Is the development of virtue and the fulfillment of our innate potential a prerequisite to living the good life? Philosopher of science Philip Kitcher joins Humean philosopher Valerie Tiberius and distinguished psychologist Lisa Feldman Barrett to explore the role of wisdom in the interplay between positive emotions, virtues, and character.


  • Steve Paulson Journalist and Executive Producer, TTBOOK
  • Lisa Feldman Barrett Professor of Psychology, Northeastern University
  • Philip Kitcher Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University
  • Valerie Tiberius Professor of Philosophy, University of Minnesota


  • Wednesday, February 3, 2016
  • 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • The New York Academy of Sciences
    7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 40th Floor


This volume brings together leading scientists, philosophers, and scholars to investigate the evolving nature of the human condition and the enduring quest to lead the good life.

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About This Series

This event is part of the From Knowledge to Wisdom: Science and the Good Life series, which brings together an array of leading scientists, philosophers, and scholars for an interdisciplinary investigation into the evolving nature of the human condition and the ultimate quest to discover how to lead the good life.



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