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Humanities Lecture: Agency, Virtue, & Immortality

April 16, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

The Department of Humanities welcomes you to join them for a lecture titled:

Agency, Virtue, & Immorality:

Influences of lay cultural knowledge in Confucian-and Western-heritage cultures

Presented by Emma Buchtel, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Associate Head (International Engagement), Department of Psychology, The Education University of Hong Kong.

Dr. Buchtel will discuss how our social-cultural environment affects our assumptions about what is a good person. Western-heritage cultures emphasize avoiding coercion and avoiding harm, but these are not universally central moral concerns. Confucian-heritage cultures emphasize authentic appropriateness more. She will discuss how this shows up in data on:

  • Agency vs. autonomy: How Western theories and laypeople misinterpret respectful yet agentic behavior
  • Lay concepts of a virtuous person from Hong Kong, Beijing, and Vancouver
  • Immoral behaviors: Why Beijing students rate spitting on the street as more prototypically immoral than killing people

Join us April 16 at 12:30 pm – 1:30 p.m. in Room C3860 or via Zoom. Password: 206567

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