How to Create Virtuous Leaders

Sunday, October 30, 2022

What Is It

Ancient philosophers like Socrates and Plato believed that an education focused on developing good character could create virtuous leaders who work for the people, not their own benefit. Nowadays, though, it seems too many politicians are power hungry, corrupt, and out of touch. So how do we train our leaders to be more virtuous? Is good character something that can be taught? And what can we learn from the Ancients about how we can each lead an excellent life? Josh and Ray virtuously welcome back Massimo Pigliucci from the City College of New York, author of The Quest for Character: What the Story of Socrates and Alcibiades Teaches Us about Our Search for Good Leaders.

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Harold G. Neuman

Saturday, September 17, 2022 -- 7:10 AM

Along with the show on

Along with the show on culture, this question is focused on ethics/morality, seems to me. We try to instill virtue in our youth. By the time they reach age of majority, sixteen or so, they realize exactly how competitive they need to be to make a life. Virtue slips away as an anachronism: nice to talk about; Impractical in a fast paced, modern world. So, get over it. Your question is archaic---good intentions do not capture the gold.

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Sunday, September 18, 2022 -- 2:11 PM

So gold overrides virtue as a

So gold overrides virtue as a social good, or is virtue underdetermined by gold as a means of subsistence? Asked differently, is what society lacks in virtue compensated by its import of precious metals, or does the import of precious metals provide resources for virtuous actions only secondarily after collective subsistence is attained? Or again, do you assert that gold is a spiritual supplement for deficient virtue, or is it that virtue stands in material need of gold? As the comprehensiveness of your analysis and sincerity of your commitment to the subject matter is apparent, your answer will be of inestimable value to respective scholarship.

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