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Distinguished Professors Programme

Introduction to Programme

The Jubilee Centre has welcomed a number of distinguished academics in the field of virtue ethics, moral development, character education and professional ethics to spend a week or two at the Centre. During that time, they have delivered a seminar paper in the Centre's biweekly seminar series and on occasion given an open lecture. Most importantly, they have collaborated with the teams working on different research projects within the Centre and provided their expertise as consultants on various aspects of the on-going research. 

All the invited academics are world-leading in their respective fields. In addition to the Distinguished Professors Programme, Visiting Scholars from other U.K. or overseas institutions will be invited to spend time at the Centre and work with its members. 

Professor Julia Annas

Julia Annas graduated from Oxford University in 1968 with a B.A., and from Harvard University with an A.M. (1970) and a Ph.D. (1972). She was a Fellow and Tutor at St Hugh's College, Oxford for 15 years and taught for a shorter time at Columbia University. She concentrates on the study of ancient Greek philosophy, including Ethics, Psychology and Epistemology. Her current research interests are in Platonic ethics. She was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1992. She is the founder and former editor of the annual journal, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy. She is married to the Hume scholar, David Owen, also a professor of philosophy at the University of Arizona.

Recent Publications

'Ancient Scepticism and Ancient Religion,' in Episteme, etc., essays in honour of Jonathan Barnes, edited by Ben Morison and Katerina Ierodiakonou, Oxford University Press, 2011, pp. 74-89.

'The Atlantis Story: the Republic and the Timaeus' in Plato's Republic: a critical guide, edited by Mark McPherran, Cambridge University Press, 2011.

'Law and Virtue in Plato,' in Essays on Plato's Laws, edited by Christopher Bobonich, Cambridge University Press, 2011, pp. 71-91.

'Practical Expertise,' in Knowing How, edited by John Bengson and Marc A Moffett, Oxford University Press, 2011, pp. 101-112.

'The Sage in Ancient Philosophy,' in Anthropine Sophia, edited by F. Alesse and others, volume in memory of Gabriele Giannantoni, Naples, Bibliopolis 2008, pp. 11-27.

'Virtue Ethics and the Charge of Egoism' in Morality and Self-Interest, edited by Paul Bloomfield, Oxford University Press, 2008, pp. 205-221.

'Carneads' Classification of Ethical Theories,' in Pyrrhonists, Patricians, Platonizers: Hellensitic Philosophy in the period 115-86 BC, edited by A.-M. Ioppolo and D. Sedley, Elenchos, Bibliopolis, Naples, 2007, pp. 189-223

Professor Marvin Berkowitz

Professor Marvin W. Berkowitz is the inaugural Sanford N. McDonnell Endowed Professor of Character Education, and Co-Director of the Center for Character and Citizenship at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and University of Missouri President’s Thomas Jefferson Professor.

Marvin Berkowitz graduated from the State University of NY at Buffalo in 1972 with a BA degree in psychology and a Ph.D in Life-span Developmental Psychology from Wayne State University in 1977. His scholarly focus and expertise is in character education and development.  He is author of You Can’t Teach Through a Rat: And Other Epiphanies for Educators (2012), Parenting for good (2005), editor of Moral education: Theory and application (1985) and Peer conflict and psychological growth (1985), and author of more than 100 book chapters, monographs, and journal articles.  He is founding co-editor of the Journal for Research in Character Education.


Recent Publications

Berkowitz, M.W. & Bier, M. C. (2015). Research-Based Fundamentals of the Effective Promotion of Character Development in Schools. In Nucci, L., Tobias, K. & Narvaez, D. (Eds.). Handbook of Moral and Character Education. Abingdon: Routledge.

Berkowitz, M.W. (2011). What Works in Character Education. International Journal of Educational Research, 50 (3), 153-158. 

Sokol, B.W., Hammond, S.I. & Berkowitz, M.W. (2010). The Developmental Contours of Character. In Lovat, T., Toomey, R. & Clement, N. (Eds.). International Research Handbook on Values Education and Student Wellbeing. Heidelberg: Springer Science and Business Media. 

Berkowitz, M.W. & Bier, M. (2005). The Interpersonal Roots of Character Education. In Lapsley, D.K. & Power, F.C. (Eds.). Character Psychology and Character Education. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press.

Berkowitz, M.W. & Bier, M. C. (2004). Research-Based Character Education. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 591, 72-85.

Berkowitz, M.W., & Simmons, P. (2003). Integrating Science Education and Character Education: The Role of Peer Discussion. In Zeidler, D. (Ed.). The Role of Moral Reasoning on Socioscientific Issues and Discourse in Science Education. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer.


Professor Owen Flanagan

Owen Flanagan (Ph.D. 1978, Boston University) came to Duke as Chair of department in 1993, a post he held until 1999. He also holds appointments in Psychology and Neurobiology and is a Faculty Fellow in Cognitive Neuroscience and a steering committee member of the "Philosophy, Arts, and Literature" (PAL) program.

He has also had visiting positions at Berkeley, Brandeis, Princeton, Harvard, and La Trobe in Australia as well as several fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In 1993-94 Flanagan was President of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology.

In 1998, he was recipient of the Romanell National Phi Beta Kappa award, given annually to one American philosopher for distinguished contributions to philosophy and the public understanding of philosophy.

Recent Publications  

O. Flanagan Jr.. The Bodhisattva's Brain: Buddhism Naturalized. MIT PRESS, October, 2011.

O. Flanagan Jr.. "HAN FEI ZI’S PHILOSOPHICAL PSYCHOLOGY: HUMAN NATURE, SCARCITY, AND THE NEO- DARWINIAN CONSENSUS with Jing Hu." Journal of Chinese Philosophy 38.2 (June, 2011): 293-316.

O. Flanagan Jr.. "Wittgenstein's Ethical Nonnaturalism: An Interpretation of Tractatus 6.41-47 and the "Lecture on Ethics"." American Philosophical Quarterly 48.2 (April, 2011): 185-198.

O. Flanagan Jr.. SISSELA BOK Exploring Happiness: From Aristotle to Brain Science. Notre Dame Review of Books (April, 2011).

O. Flanagan Jr.. "My Non-Narrative, Non-Forensic Dasein: The First and Second Self." Self and Consciousness. Ed. Jee Loo Liu & John Perry. Cambridge University Press, 2011. 214-240.

Professor Thomas Lickona
Professor Thomas Lickona is a developmental psychologist and professor of education at the State University of New York at Cortland, where he directs the Center for the Fourth and Fifth Rs (Respect and Responsibility). A past president of the Association for Moral Education, Prof. Lickona now serves on the advisory councils of the Character Education Partnership, Character Counts Coalition and Medical Institute for Sexual Health and speaks around the world to teachers, parents, religious educators, and other groups concerned about the character development of young people. In 2001, the Character Education Partnership presented him with the Sanford N. McDonnell Lifetime Achievement Award in Character Education. He has written or edited nine books on moral development and character education including Raising Good Children, Educating for Character, and Smart & Good High Schools.

Recent Publications

Thomas Lickona (2013) ‘Educating for Character in the Sexual Domain’, Peabody Journal of Education, 88:2, 198-211.

Thomas Lickona and Matt Davidson (2005). Smart & Good High Schools: Integrating excellence and ethics for success in school, work, and beyond. Cortland, N.Y.: Center for the 4th and 5th Rs (Respect & Responsibility)/Washington, D.C.: Character Education Partnership.

Thomas Lickona (2004) Character Matters: How to Help Our Children Develop Good Judgment, Integrity, and Other Essential Virtues. Touchstone.

Thomas Lickona and Matt Davidson (2004) Character Quotations (Grades 3-8). Kagan Cooperative Learning.
Professor Robert C. Roberts

Professor Roberts received his Ph.D from Yale University in 1974 and has taught at Western Kentucky University (1973-1984) and Wheaton College (1984-2000). During his tenure at Wheaton, Roberts was honored twice by the National Endowment for the Humanities and received a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts. He has written or edited eleven books and is currently working on the sequel to his 2003 book on emotions. During his time at Baylor, Roberts has continued his work in virtue ethics and began critical new work in virtue epistemology.

Areas of Interest

Ethics (especially virtues), Kierkegaard, Emotion Theory, Moral Psychology, Epistemology

Current Projects

Emotions and Virtues: An Essay in Moral Psychology

Intellectual Virtues: An Essay in Regulative Epistemology, with Jay Wood (forthcoming Oxford University Press, January 2007)

Spiritual Emotions: Reflections in Christian Ethics (forthcoming, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company)

Recent Publications

Emotions: An Essay in Aid of Moral Psychology Cambridge University Press

“The Virtue of Hope in Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses in Robert B. Perkins (Ed.), International Kierkegaard Commentary: Eighteeen Upbuilding Discourses (Macon: Mercer University Press), (2003) 181-203.

“Humility and Epistemic Goods” (with W. Jay Wood) in Michael DePaul and Linda Zagzebski (Eds.), Intellectual Virtue: Perspectives from Ethics and Epistemology (Oxford: Oxford University Press),(2003) 257-279.

“Proper Function, Emotion, and Virtues of the Intellect” (with Jay Wood) in Faith and Philosophy 21 (2004): 3-24

Professor Barry Schwartz

Professor Barry Schwartz has been a professor at Swarthmore College for 30 years now with numerous publications under his wing. After receiving his Ph.D. in 1971, (University of Pennysylvania), Prof. Schwartz has become a well know author in the field of thought and practical wisdom. His research into the field has produced thought provoking work, as well as his on going talks given at various conferences and courses - recognizable in TED.

Areas of Interests

  • Decision Making
  • Creation of Values
  • Interaction of Morality and Self Interest
  • Work Satisfaction 

Recent Publications

Can there ever be too many flowers blooming? In W . Ivey and S. J. Tepper (eds.), Engaging Art: The Next Great Transformation of America's Cultural Life. (New York, Routledge.)

Practical Wisdom: Aristotle meets positive psychology. Journal of Happiness Studies. (With Kenneth Sharpe). 

Is freedom just another word for many things to buy? New York Times Magazine. (With Hazel Rose Markus and Alana Conner Snibbe.) 

Doing Better but Feeling Worse: Looking for the "Best" Job Undermins Satisfaction. Psychological Science. 17(2), 143-150.

Professor William Damon

Professor William Damon, a leading scholar of human development, is Professor of Education at Stanford University and Director of the Stanford Center on Adolescence. Prior to joining Stanford in 1997, he was University Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Human Development at Brown University.


Areas of Interests

  • Adolescent Development
  • Civic Education
  • Higher Education
  • Moral Education 

Recent Publications

Damon, W. and Colby, A (2015) The Power of Ideals: The Real Story of Moral Choice. New York: Oxford University Press.

Ballard, P. J., Malin, H., Porter, T. J., Colby, A. and Damon, W. (2015) Motivations for Civic Participation Among Diverse Youth: More Similarities than Differences. Research in Human Development, 12:1-2, pp. 63-83

Damon, W. (2011) Failing Liberty 101: How We Are Leaving Young Americans Unprepared for Citizenship in a Free Society. Stanford, CA: Hoover Institution Press.

Damon, W. (2009) The why question: Teachers can instill a sense of purpose. Education Next, 9, 3, 84.

Damon, W. (2008) The Path to Purpose: How Young People Find their Calling in Life. New York: The Free Press.

Damon, W. (2008) The moral north star. Educational Leadership, 66, 8-12. (Also in Engaging the Whole Child, an ASCD e-book, 2009).

Damon, W. (2008) Education and the path to purpose. Independent School , 68, 61-64.

Damon, W. (2008) What schools and colleges must do to prepare students for citizenship. In P. Levine and J. Youniss (Eds.) (2008) Youth and Civic Participation. College Park, MD: A CIRCLE publication.


Professor Anne Colby

Anne Colby is Consulting Professor at Stanford University. Prior to that, she was director of the Henry Murray Research Center at Harvard University and then Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


Recent Publications

Damon, W. and Colby, A (2015) The Power of Ideals: The Real Story of Moral Choice. New York: Oxford University Press.

Sullivan, W. M., Colby, A., Welch Wegner, J., Bond, L and Shulman, L. S. (2007) Educating Lawyers: Preparation for the Profession of Law. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Ballard, P. J., Malin, H., Porter, T. J., Colby, A. and Damon, W. (2015) Motivations for Civic Participation Among Diverse Youth: More Similarities than Differences. Research in Human Development, 12:1-2, pp. 63-83

Professor Christian Miller

Christian Miller is Professor of Philosophy at Wake Forest University. Professor Miller lead the five year project on the existence and nature of character called The Character Project, with funding from the John Templeton Foundation and the Templeton World Charity Foundation.


Areas of Interest

  • Contemporary Meta-ethics
  • Moral Psychology
  • Theory of Action
  • Normative Theory
  • Philosophy of Religion

Recent Publications

Miller, C. (2015) Empathy as the Only Hope for the Virtue of Compassion and as Support for a Limited Unity of the Virtues. Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences. 2,1, pp. 89-113.

Miller, C. (2015) Review of Kristján Kristjánsson's Virtues and Vices in Positive Psychology: A Philosophical Critique. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews ONLINE

Miller, C. (2014) Character and Moral Psychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Miller, C. (2013) Moral Character: An Empirical Theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Professor Michael McCullough

Michael McCullough is Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami and Director of the Evolution and Human Behavior Laboratory.


Areas of Interest

  • Psychological mechanisms related to social exchanges of costs and benefits (for example, forgiveness, revenge, and gratitude)
  • Religion
  • Self-Control

Recent Publications

Gomes, C. M., and McCullough, M. E., (2015). The effects of implicit religious primes on dictator game allocations: A preregistered replication experiment. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 144, 6, pp. 94-104.

Nave G., Camerer C., and McCullough M. (2015) Does Oxytocin increase trust in humans? A critical review of the research. Perspectives on Psychological Science. 10, 6, pp. 772-789.

Carver, C. S., Johnson, S. L., McCullough, M. E., Forster, D. E., and Joormann, J. (2014). Adult personality correlates of childhood adversity. Frontiers in Psychology.

Carter, E. C., and McCullough, M. E. (2014). Publication bias and the limited strength model of self-control: Has the evidence for ego depletion been overestimated? Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 823.

Professor Howard Curzer

Howard Curzer is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Texas Tech University and is the author of Aristotle and the Virtues (OUP, 2012), and the editor of Ethical Theory and Moral Problems (Wadsworth, 1999). He has published articles on ancient philosophy, contemporary virtue ethics, the Confucian tradition, moral development, research ethics, biomedical ethics, and the ethics of care.



Areas of Interest

  • Aristotle's Ethical Theory
  • Virtue Ethics
  • The Confucian Tradition
  • Moral development from an Aristotelian perspective
  • Ethics of wildlife research
  • Biomedical Ethics
  • The ethics of care

Recent Publications

Curzer, H. (2015) Aristotle's Practical Syllogisms. The Philosophical Forum. 46, 2, pp. 129-153.

Curzer, H. (2014) Tweaking the four-component model. Journal of Moral Education. 43:1, 104-123.

Curzer, H., Sattler, S., DuPree, D. G. and Smith-Genthôs, K. R. (2014) Do ethics classes teach ethics? Theory and Research in Education. pp. 1- 17.

Curzer, H. (2013) When Bad Thoughts Happen to Good People: A Thought-Experiment. American Philosophical Quarterly. 50, 1.

Professor Candace Vogler

Candace Vogler is the David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor of Philosophy and Professor in the College at the University of Chicago, and Principal Investigator on "Virtue, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life," a project funded by the John Templeton Foundation. She has authored two books, John Stuart Mill's Deliberative Landscape: An essay in moral psychology (Routledge, 2001) and Reasonably Vicious (Harvard University Press, 2002), and essays in ethics, social and political philosophy, philosophy and literature, cinema, psychoanalysis, gender studies, sexuality studies, and other areas.

Areas of Interest

  • Practical Philosophy
  • Practical Reason
  • Kant's Ethics
  • Marx
  • Neo-Aristotelian Naturalism

Current Projects

  • Virtue, Happiness and the Meaning of Life Project

Recent Publications

Vogler, C. (2016) Nothing Added, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly

Vogler, C. (2014) In Praise of In Praise of Desire, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, vol. 89 no. 2, pp: 504-508

Vogler, C. (2014) Good and Bad in Human Action, Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, vol. 87, pp: 57-68 

Vogler, C. (2013) Natural Virtue and Proper Upbringing, In Peters, J. (Ed.) Aristotelian Ethics in Contemporary Perspective, Routledge

Professor Blaine Fowers

Blaine Fowers joined the University of Miami faculty in 1990, and has served as the Director of Training of the doctoral program in Counseling Psychology from 1997 to 2005, and as Department Chairperson from 2005 to 2009. Fowers received a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. In his role as a teacher, Fowers provides instruction in character development and flourishing, research methods, the evolution of human social life, and preparation for academic careers.

Fowers is the author of the books, The Evolution of Ethics, Virtue and Psychology and Beyond the Myth of Marital Happiness and co-author of Re-envisioning Psychology.

Research Interests

His scholarly interests center on the contributions of Aristotle’s ethics to a richer understanding of psychological theory, research, and practice. Fowers is particularly interested in the interplay of virtues, cultural ideals, and historicity in psychological practices and ordinary life.

Recent Publications

Fowers, B. J., & Lefevor, G. T. (in press). The inescapability of intersubjectivity in meaning. American Psychologist. Fowers, B. J. (2015). The promise of a flourishing theoretical psychology. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 53, 1-15.

Fowers, B. J., & Lang, S. (2015). Positive illusions. In D. Aldwin (Ed.) Encyclopedia of mental health, (2nd ed.). New York: Elsevier.

Fowers, B. J., Anderson, A. R., Lefevor, G. T., & Lang, S. (2015). Beyond harms: Exploring the individual and shared goods of psychotherapy. The Counseling Psychologist, 43, 380-392.

Fowers, B. J. (2015). An Aristotelian analysis of the structure of human action. In J. Martin, J. Sugarman, & K. Slaney (Eds.), The Wiley handbook of theoretical and philosophical psychology: Methods, approaches and new directions for social science, (pp. 70-84). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley and Sons.

Professor James O. Pawelski

Professor James Pawelski is the founding director of Penn’s Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) programme and an adjunct associate professor of religious studies in the School of Arts and Sciences. He teaches courses on positive interventions and the humanities and human flourishing and is the author of 'The Dynamic Individualism of William James' and articles on the history of philosophy and its application to human development. Professor. Pawelski holds a grant from the Templeton Religion Trust to further his studies into 'The Humanities and the Science of Well-Being: Toward a Strategic Collaboration for Understanding, Measuring, and Cultivating Human Flourishing.' He has served as editor of the philosophy section of the Oxford Handbook of Happiness, co-editor of The Eudaimonic Turn: Well-Being in Literary Studies, and co-editor of On Human Flourishing: An Anthology of Poems.