Theology & Philosophy

Virtue, Vice, and Liberty


This conference explored the relations between virtue and liberty and vice and liberty, as a way of raising fundamental questions about whether certain states of character are necessary for a person to be able to exercise the sort of liberty made possible by a liberal political/legal order.


Conference Readings

Aquinas, Thomas. Thomas Aquinas: Selected Writings. Edited by Ralph McInerny. New York: Penguin Classics, 1999.

Aristotle. Nicomachean Ethics. Edited by Terence Irwin. Indianapolis: Hackett, 1999.

Mandeville, Bernard. The Fable of the Bees, or Private Vices, Publick Benefits, Volume I. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1988.

Taylor, Gabriele. Deadly Vices. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.