Can Philosophy Create Better Leaders?

Is good character something that can be taught? And could philosophy help us to create better leaders?

In this conversation, Massimo Pigliucci and David Fideler discuss Massimo’s new book, The Quest for Character: What the Story of Socrates and Alcibiades Teaches Us About Our Search for Good Leaders.

Massimo and David also discuss how ancient philosophy emphasized the character development as the basis of ethics — and how these ideas helped give birth to both the Renaissance and the humanities.

 

To watch the video, click this link or the image below.

 

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About Massimo Pigliucci and David Fideler

Massimo Pigliucci is the K. D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. He is the author and editor of many books in the fields of philosophy and science, including the well-known book, How to Be a Stoic.


His new book, The Quest for Character: What the Story of Socrates and Alcibiades Teaches Us About Our Search for Good Leaders, explores ancient virtue ethics and how those ideas can be applied today. 

David Fideler is a writer, philosopher, and the editor of the Living Ideas Journal. He’s also the founder of the Renaissance Program and an advisor to the Plato’s Academy Centre in Athens.

Dr. Fideler’s last book, on the Roman philosopher Seneca, was reviewed by the New York Times, selected as one of the best nonfiction books of the year by the editors at Amazon, and is being published in sixteen languages. 

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