Humanism in Practice: Well-Being as Values Fulfillment

Humanism in Practice: Well-Being as Values Fulfillment

March 23, 2024
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

First Unitarian Society

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Please join us for this engaging presentation on the concept of well-being — foundational to humanism — from noted author and philosopher, Valerie Tiberius. All are welcome. Childcare is available upon request by March 19 at

The program begins at 3 p.m., followed by Q & A. At 4:30 we’ll break for socializing over nibbles and drinks. The event will be streamed for those who cannot attend in person. See the comment section below for a link to the stream which will be made available the day-of.

Presentation overview: Human beings are natural goal-seekers. This fact is crucial for understanding what it is for us to live well, and Tiberius will argue that the best philosophical theory of well-being focuses on the fulfillment of our important goals or values. Well-being, according to this theory, is value fulfillment. In the last part of her talk, Tiberius will turn to the implications of this way of thinking about well-being for how to help other people.

Valerie Tiberius is the Paul W. Frenzel Chair in Liberal Arts and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota. Her work explores the ways in which philosophy and psychology can both contribute to the study of well-being and virtue. She is the author of The Reflective Life: Living Wisely With Our Limits (Oxford 2008), Well-Being as Value Fulfillment: How We Can Help Others to Live Well (Oxford, 2018), Moral Psychology: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge 2015, 2nd edition 2023) and What Do You Want out of Life?: A Philosophical Guide to Figuring Out What Matters (Princeton University Press, 2023). She has published many articles on the topics of practical reasoning, prudential virtues, well-being, and moral psychology, and she has received numerous grants from the Templeton Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She served as President of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association from 2016-17.

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