Todd May | Integrity 20’19

A decent life

Integrity 20’19 |
Length 21:43
Filmed 26 Oct 2019
Venue Conservatorium Theatre
Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University
South Bank, Brisbane

You’re probably never going to be a saint. But let’s face it, you could probably be a better person.

In a world full of suffering and deprivation, it’s easy to despair—and it’s just as easy to judge ourselves and others for not doing more.

Though devoting ourselves solely to good works cannot solve all the world’s problems, is this nevertheless what we should do? Is anything less a moral failure?

Focusing on the gap between altruism and moral mediocrity, Todd May proposes a practical approach that acknowledges the reality of our everyday lives.

TODD MAY is the Class of 1941 Memorial Professor of Humanities at Clemson University, South Carolina. He is the author of 16 books, including A Decent Life: Morality for the Rest of Us. He is an occasional philosophical advisor for the hit Netflix series The Good Place.

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