Dr. Heidi Giebel to Speak on 'Search for the Missing Virtue' at Philosophy Colloquium

Dr. Heidi Giebel, associate professor in the Philosophy Department, will speak at this month’s Philosophy Colloquium on Tuesday, Oct. 18. The presentation,“In Search of the Missing Virtue: Benevolence and the Ethics of Thomas Aquinas,” will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 126, John R. Roach Center for the Liberal Arts. Everyone is welcome.

Geibel notes that St. Thomas Aquinas’ ethical theory includes a persuasive defense of four traditional cardinal virtues: prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance. It does not, however, include an account of another seemingly important virtue: benevolence.

She will examine options for locating benevolence within Thomas’ framework and will suggest a minor modification to Thomistic virtue ethics that would allow a more natural place for benevolence, along with a few related virtues.