What is unique about the Jewish tradition’s approaches to altruism and charity, and how does it contrast with the Christian view that has generally been dominant in Western society? Why are supposedly evil inclinations like the yetzer hara actually crucial to human thriving, and does it matter what motivates a charitable act? Christian B. Miller, PhD studies many of these questions, and how they contribute to the overall notion of human character – whether humanity has done well up to now, and what we could be doing differently in the future.

 

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Christian B. Miller, Ph.D. is the A. C. Reid Professor of Philosophy at Wake Forest University, director of The Honesty Project, and author of The Character Gap: How Good Are We?.

 

 

 

 

Next week, March 16th, at 2 PM EST, we will be speaking with Tiffany Shlain, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, founder of the Webby Awards, and author of the national bestselling book 24/6: Giving up Screens One Day a Week to Get More Time, Creativity, and Connection.