Virtue 2.0

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at Harvard, recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and author of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed: Educating for the Virtues in the Twenty-First Century, talks about how to reframe classic virtues in the digital age.


Howard Gardner

Comments [10]


Thanks for responding.

May. 03 2011 11:40 PM
Sandy from New York, NY
she is very well-known in certain circles but i did not bother mentioning her name because most people do not know her.

also, my whole point is that she had been my hero, but once i met her she became demystified. i don't value heroism of well-known people, but people i know well. end of story. i don't quite know why gardner thinks this is generational or relevant to the digital age, although it would have been interesting to get that from his response.

May. 03 2011 10:59 PM

@sandy from manhattan:

Who is the "famous feminist who happened to express feminist messages via music" that you called a hero? Is she:

1a : a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability

b : an illustrious warrior

c : a (wo)man admired for his or her achievements and noble qualities

d : one who shows great courage

2a : the principal (fe)male character in a literary or dramatic work

b : the central figure in an event, period, or movement

--from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary

I find it curious that you go out of your way in not mentioning her name.

May. 03 2011 09:27 PM
sandy from manhattan

Garry, I think its interesting that you thought the student, ie me, meant popstars and reality tv stars. Not at all. I referenced a famous feminist who happened to express feminist messages via music. She is a hero, in a way, but my point is that I personally don't find heros in the well known - I find them in who I know well. Whether that is generational is beyond me.

May. 03 2011 07:34 PM
John A.

The statement that stuck out for me was something like "no heroes in this age". What about popularity and celebrity, certainly there is a type of hero worship there -- correctly placed or not.

May. 03 2011 11:46 AM
Garry from Manhattan

The student caller seemed to miss the point about well-known heroes. She kept saying "famous" as in pop stars. The people that Mr. Gardner mentioned were not singers or performers, but they were well-known. I think it's a sign of the times that well-known in many young people's minds equates with the likes of reality TV stars.

May. 03 2011 11:42 AM
Edward from NJ

I'm in my late thirties and I've never had a good answer for the "name your hero" question. I always thought it was just me.

May. 03 2011 11:42 AM
Phil from Brooklyn

What are you guest's thoughts on the relationship between online privacy and intellectual honesty?

May. 03 2011 11:40 AM

It seems to me that we who participate via the Web are like Pontius Pilate when it comes to the truth -- "what I have written, I have written." Then we wash our hands.

May. 03 2011 11:38 AM
david from ditmas park

isn't this simply the nature of truth and beauty?

change alone is unchanging. one can only step in the same spot in a river once...the truth posited in your previous book is already down the stream.

our perceptions of these "absolutes" are all we have and are influenced and tainted by our surroundings, which are different every day, every generation...every 10,000 years

May. 03 2011 11:31 AM

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