Invited Presentations

Named Lectures

3. “Test of Character: Improving Our Character,” and “Test of Character: How Good (or Bad) Are We?” Jellema Lectures at Calvin College, March 2017.
2. “Test of Character: Improving Our Character,” and "Test of Character: How Good (or Bad) Are We?” Bellingham Lectures in Philosophy and Religion, Western Washington University, February 2015.
1. “Are Most of Us Honest People? Or Dishonest? Or Neither?” Jerry Jackson Lecture, Western Carolina University, April 2013.

Other Invited Lectures

78. TBD, Mississippi State University, November 2017.
77. TBD, University of Mississippi, November 2017.
76. TBD, Cultivating Virtue in the University Conference, Oxford University, May 2017.
75. “Introduction to Moral Theory,” Summer Seminars in Neuroscience and Philosophy, Duke University, May 2017.
74. “Virtue and Positive Psychology: Some Concerns about the VIA Classification of Character Traits,” American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting, Invited Symposium on Positive Psychology and Virtue, April 2017.
73. “Wong on Three Confucian Metaphors for Ethical Development," American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting, January 2017.
72. "Human Character: A Bleak Outlook?" Duke University, October 2016.
71. "Test of Character: How Good (or Bad) Are We?" Student Lecture, Coastal Carolina University, September 2016.
70. “Honesty: What Is It? And Are Most People Honest?” Public Lecture, Coastal Carolina University, September 2016.
69. “Introduction to Moral Theory,” Summer Seminars in Neuroscience and Philosophy, Duke University, May 2016.
68. "Honesty," Fordham Epistemology and Ethics Workshop, April 2016.
67. "Comments on Parish," American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting, March 2016.
66. Panel on Geoffrey Claussen's book, Sharing the Burden: Rabbi Simhah Zissel Ziv and the Path of Musar, Elon College, March 2016.
65. "Honesty," University of Notre Dame, February 2016.
64. Panel on “The Moral Animal: Virtue, Vice, and Human Nature,” with Heather Berlin and Michael Sherman, The New York Academy of Science, December 2015. Video available here.
63. "Honesty," Vanderbilt University, October 2015.
62. “Test of Character: How Good (or Bad) Are We?” Public Lecture, Coastal Carolina University, September 2015.
61. “Honesty,” Coastal Carolina University, September 2015.
60. "Honesty," University of Birmingham Jubilee Center for Character and Virtues, June 2015.
59. “Cheating: How Honest Are We?” Virginia Commonwealth University, Public Lecture, April 2015.
58. “Aristotle, Contemporary Psychology, and the Space between Virtue and Vice,” Davidson College Colloquium Talk, April 2015.
57. “Defending the Mixed Trait Approach,” Davidson College Seminar Meeting on my 2013 and 2014 books, April 2015.
56. Authors Meets Critics Symposium on Character and Moral Psychology, American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting, April 2015.
55. “A New Approach to Character Traits in Light of Psychology,” Western Washington University Department Talk, February 2015.
54. “Supernaturalist Moral Realism,” Western Washington University Ethics Guest Lecture, February 2015.
53. “Empathy and Compassion,” Western Washington University Senior Seminar Guest Lecture, February 2015.
52. “Aristotle, Contemporary Psychology, and the Space between Virtue and Vice,” Varieties of Virtue Ethics in Philosophy, Social Science and Theology, Oxford
University, January 2015.     
51. “Should Christians be Worried about Situationism in Psychology and Philosophy?” BGND Philosophy of Religion Conference at Georgetown University, October 2014.
50. “Social Intuitionism versus Morphological Rationalism: Assessing Two Competing Approaches to the Psychology of Moral Judgments,” Workshop on Moral Phenomenology, University of Arizona, October 2014.
49. “Why Care about Morality and What Does It Say to Do?”, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Leadership and Ethics Course, October 2014.
48. “Character and A Man for All Seasons,” Panel Discussion for Wake Forest University School of Business, October 2014.
47. “Defending the Mixed Trait Approach,” United States Air Force Academy Summer Seminar Meeting on my 2014 book, May 2014.
46. “Virtue Cultivation in Light of Situationism,” United Stated Air Force Academy, May 2014.
45. “Virtue Cultivation in Light of Situationism,” Symposium on Character Development, University of Notre Dame, May 2014.
44. “A New Approach to Character Traits in Light of Psychology,” Florida State University Department Talk, January 2014.
43. “Honesty, Cheating, and Character,” Wake Forest University Library Lecture Series, November 2013.
42. “A New Approach to Character Traits in Light of Psychology,” University of Rochester Department Talk, October 2013.
41. “Defending the Mixed Trait Approach,” University of Rochester Graduate Seminar Meeting on my 2013 book, October 2013.
40. “A New Approach to Character Traits in Light of Psychology,” William and Mary Department Talk, October 2013.
39. “A New Approach to Character Traits in Light of Psychology,” Character Workshop, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, May 2013.
38. “Are Most of Us Honest People? Or Dishonest?  Or Neither?” Is There Anything Like Moral Character & Virtue? Gdańsk, Poland, May 2013.
37. “Lack of Virtue and Vice,” LSU Department Talk, April 2013.
36. “Are People Today Virtuous or Vicious or Neither? Some Lessons from Moral Psychology,” Western Carolina University Ethics Course, April 2013.
35. “Suffering and Cruelty - Are Most People Vicious? Some Lessons from Moral Psychology,” Western Carolina University Religion Course, April 2013.
34. “Comments on Smith,” Templeton Conference on Christian Smith, March 2013.
33. “Comments on Evans,” BGND Philosophy of Religion Conference at Baylro University, November 2012.
32. “Are Most of Us Honest People? Or Dishonest? Or Neither?” Wake Forest Philosophy Department, September 2012.
31. “Comments on Murphy,” Challenges to Religious and Moral Belief: Disagreement and Evolution, Purdue University, September 2012.
30. “Do People have the Virtues or Vices? Some Results from Psychology,” Ethics and the Challenge of Secularism: Russian and Western Perspectives Conference, University of Notre Dame, May 2012.
29. American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting, Invited Symposium on Naturalism and Virtue, April 2012 (withdrew with birth of first child).
28. American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting, Invited Session on Grants, April 2012 (withdrew with birth of first child).
27. Conference on Character, Franklin and Marshall College, Spring 2012 (withdrew with birth of first child).
26. “The Challenge to Virtue, Character, and Forgiveness from Social Psychology and Philosophy,” Analytic Theology Group, San Francisco, California, November 2011.
25. “An Error Theory about Virtue and Vice,” Invited Keynote Speaker, International Symposium on the Foundations of Morality, Wuhan University, China, October 2011.
24. “Comments on Li,” International Symposium on the Foundations of Morality, Wuhan University, China, October 2011.
23. “The Character Project and Helping for the Right Reasons,” Keynote Speaker, Wake Forest University Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Induction Banquet, April 2011.
22. “Snow’s Virtue as Social Intelligence,” American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting, Author-Meets-Critics Symposium, April 2011.
21. “On Character,” Symposium on Character, American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting, March 2011.
20. “The Real Challenge to Character from Social Psychology,” International Society for Comparative Study of Chinese and Western Philosophy, American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting, March 2011.
19. “On Character,” University of Minnesota, Duluth, March 2011.
18. “On Character,” Duke University, February 2011.
17. “On Character,” University of Tennessee, November 2010.
16. “Compassion and Empathy,” Evolution and Ethics Conference, Values and Virtues in Contemporary China Program, Beijing, China, October 2010.
15. “Comments on Lui,” Evolution and Ethics Conference, Values and Virtues in Contemporary China Program, Beijing, China, October 2010.
14. “Comments on Coplan,” Spindel Conference on Empathy and Ethics, University of Memphis, October 2010.
13. “Comments on Bromwich,” American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting, April 2010.
12. “Comments on Cuneo,” Society of Christian Philosophers Satellite Meeting, November 2009.
11. “Comments on Cicovacki,” Albert Schweitzer Symposium, September 2009.
10. “Varieties of Moral Realism” and “Alternatives to Moral Realism,” Invited Lectures, Southern Seminary, February 2009.
9. “Comments on Vargas,” Invited Symposium on Freedom, Responsibility, and Situationism, American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting, April 2007.
8. “Affect and Helping: Mixed Results for Virtue Ethics,” North Carolina Philosophical Society, February 2007.
7. “Comments on Nobis,” American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting, April 2006.
6. “Gert’s Brute Rationality,” American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting, Author-Meets-Critics Symposium, March 2006.
5. “Affect and Helping: Mixed Results for Virtue Ethics,” Virtue Ethics and Social Psychology Conference, University of Denver, October 2005.
4. “Comments on Sommers,” Society for Philosophy and Psychology Annual Meeting, June 2005.
3. “Comments on Sayre-McCord,” Invited Symposium on Moral Realism. American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting, April 2005.
2. “Volitional Impossibility Judgments,” Wake Forest University, February 2004.
1. “Volitional Impossibility Judgments,” Columbia University, January 2004.

Other Presentations

35. “Honesty,” Developing Character Project Final Conference, May 2015.
34. “Do Character and Virtue Even Exist?” Wake Forest University Philosophy Club, March 2015.
33. “Ethical Thinking,” Guest Lecture, CNS 360: Professional and Life Skills Seminar, Wake Forest University, November 2013.
32. “A New Approach to Character Traits in Light of Psychology,” Keynote Address, Character Project Final Conference, June 2013.
31. "The Psychology and Philosophy of Generosity," Wealth in Families and Philanthropy Forum, Wake Forest University, April 2013.
30. “Honesty, Cheating, and Character,” Presidential Address, North Carolina Philosophical Society, February 2013.
29. “Three Ethical Theories,” Guest Lectures, Life in the Liberal Arts Seminar, Wake Forest University, February 2013.
28. “Lack of Virtue and Vice,” Fourth Annual Arizona Workshop in Normative Ethics, University of Arizona, January 2013.
27. “Mixed Traits and Character,” Guest Presentation, Character Seminar, Wake Forest University, October 2012.
26. “Does the CAPS Model Improve Our Understanding of Character and Personality?” Conference on Character and Personality, Sorbonne, Paris France, July 2012.
25. “Some Foundational Issues about Character,” First Character Project Workshop, June 2012.
24. “Pascal’s Wager,” Theology on Tap Program, Winston-Salem, October 2011.
23. “The Religious Harms Argument,” Theology on Tap Program, Winston-Salem, August 2011.
22. “The Character Project,” Wake Forest University Philosophy Club, February 2011.
21. “The Character Project,” Thursday at Starling, Wake Forest University, February 2011.
20. “Research at Wake Forest,” Wake Forest University New Faculty Luncheon, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, January 2010.
19. “The Teacher Scholar Ideal at Wake Forest,” Wake Forest University New Faculty Orientation, August 2009.
18. “Character Traits, Social Psychology, and Impediments to Helping Behavior,” Symposium Presentation, American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting, April 2009.
17. “Character Traits, Social Psychology, and Impediments to Helping Behavior,” North Carolina Philosophical Society, February 2009.
16. “Planning the Semester,” Wake Forest University New Faculty Orientation, August 2008.
15. “Does the Trait of Compassion Exist? Some Results from Social Psychology,” Princeton University Central North Carolina Alumni Association, May 2008.
14. “Does the Trait of Compassion Exist? Some Results from Social Psychology,” Davidson College, November 2007.
13. “Irresistible Desires, Compulsion, and Addiction,” What Is Addiction? Mind and World Conference, May 2007.
12. “Caring, Meaning, and Williams’ Integrity Objection,” International Society for Utilitarian Studies, Dartmouth University, August 2005.
11. “Motivational Internalism: A New Problem,” Symposium Presentation, American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting, March 2005.
10. “Motivational Internalism: A New Problem,” North Carolina Philosophical Society, February 2005.
9. “Bratman on Identification,” American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting, March 2004. Winner of an APA Outstanding Paper Award and Travel Grant.
8. “Volitional Impossibility Judgments,” University of Notre Dame Philosophy Department Colloquium, January 2004.
7. “The Incoherence Argument Revisited,” American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting, December 2003. Winner of an APA Outstanding Paper Award and Travel Grant.
6. “Motivational Internalism and Reliably Connected Moral Agents,” American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting, March 2003.
5. “Motivational Internalism and Reliably Connected Moral Agents,” Oxford Graduate Philosophy Conference, November 2002.
4. “Social Psychology and Descriptive Virtue Ethics,” American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting, April 2002. Winner of an APA Outstanding Paper Award and Travel Grant.
3. “Rortean Metaethics and Meta-Ethical Moral Relativism,” Ohio Philosophical Association Annual Meeting, April 2002.
2. “Rortean Meta-Ethics and Meta-Ethical Moral Relativism,” Society of Student Philosophers, American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting, April 2002.
1. “Epistemic Defeaters and the Basicality of Theistic Belief,” Free University of Amsterdam, June 2001.