The Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World

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The Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World

Time: September 25, 2017 from 6pm to 8pm
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Event Type: book, launch, michael ignatieff, ethics, values, virtues
Organized By: Carnegie Council
Latest Activity: Sep 26, 2017

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What moral values do human beings hold in common? As globalization draws us together economically, are our values converging or diverging? In particular, are human rights becoming a global ethic? These were the questions that led Michael Ignatieff to embark on a three-year, eight-nation journey in search of answers.

Carnegie Corporation of New York and Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, in collaboration with Bard College Center for Civic Engagement, present this special event with Michael Ignatieff, to celebrate his new book, The Ordinary Virtues. The book presents the discoveries Ignatieff made on his journey and his interpretation of what globalization—and resistance to it—is doing to our conscience and our moral understanding.

Through dialogues with favela dwellers in Brazil, South Africans and Zimbabweans living in shacks, Japanese farmers, gang leaders in Los Angeles, and monks in Myanmar, Ignatieff found that while human rights may be the language of states and liberal elites, the moral language that resonates with most people is that of everyday virtues: tolerance, forgiveness, trust, and resilience.

Michael Ignatieff is president of Central European University in Budapest and Carnegie Council Centennial Chair. The Ordinary Virtues is based on a Carnegie Council Centennial project, Global Ethical Dialogues.

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Comment by Christina De Wet on September 26, 2017 at 1:05pm
Hallo Members We learn our values from our parents at home.

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