How Can We Learn to Live a Moral Life?
Rob Reich leads a discussion about morality with David Brooks, Michele Moody-Adams, and Larissa MacFarquhar.
Where can we take lessons on how to live morally? Does religion have the answers? Maybe the great philosophers? Or, democracy? With 30-plus years of teaching under her belt, Columbia political philosophy professor Michele Moody-Adams says her own life has taught her, "Philosophical theories and the kind of formulas they purport to give for how to be a good person, offer some wisdom, but they don’t offer everything." She says when life presents a circumstance where you need to be resilient, "you need to find people in the world who have led good lives and who embody values, principles, and ways of looking at the world that matter." What can we learn from people who have devoted themselves to helping others? Are they the best role models for how to live virtuously?
In this episode Michele Moody-Adams joins New York Times columnist David Brooks, New Yorker writer Larissa MacFarquhar, and Stanford philosophy professor Rob Reich for a discussion about how to live a moral life.
Read more about the topics mentioned in this conversation.
- 'Strangers Drowing,' by Larissa MacFarquhar, The New York Times (book review)
- David Brooks's Search for Meaning, The New Yorker
- Philanthropy and Democracy: Dangerous Liaisons, Aspen Ideas Festival
- The Second Mountain: The Next Big Challenge in Your Life, Aspen Ideas Festival
- Why Philosophy Matters for You (And the Former Dean of Columbia), Ivy Magazine