The Ethics of Everyday Life

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Start Date: 
Tue, 12/01/1992
End Date: 
Sun, 12/31/1995

Rejecting modes of contemporary ethical discourse characterized by being abstract, analytically philosophical, rationalistic, remote from lived experience, and hostile to insight from religious traditions, Richard John Neuhaus of the Institute on Religion and Public Life organized a group of twenty scholars to reflect and write on the actual moral experience of Americans. These experiences related to life cycle (birth, parenthood, old age, death), virtues of every day life (courage, generosity, self-command, patience), moral passions (shame, guilt, sympathy, joy), activities of every day life (love, work, friendship), and basic moral phenomena (responsibility, obligation, vocation, conscience).

The group met thrice every year for three-years and discussed in-depth the above mentioned themes. This three-year study resulted in a number of books, articles, and monographs as listed under the products section of this project.