One of the nation’s top philosophers and leading advocates for the humanities to speak on value of humanities, at the University of South Carolina; live-streamed Dec. 14, 5:30 pm est


COLUMBIA, S.C. -Talbot Brewer will give a public lecture at the University of South Carolina on Dec. 14, as part of a new research project which brings together scholars from around the world to study the factors which lead to deep happiness and meaning in life. Brewer's  lecture, "What Good are the Humanities?", will explore how engagement with the range of activites within humanities contributes to a deep and meaningful life . His 5:30 p.m. lecture also  will be live-streamed at

"Talbot Brewer is one of the leading voices in the ongoing national debate about the role and value of an education in the humanities in the twenty first century university.  I am thrilled to be able to bring him into conversation with our administrators, faculty, students, and the public at large here at the University of South Carolina, " said University of South Carolina Assistant Professor of Philosophy Jennifer A. Frey, a director with the "Virtue, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life" project associated with Brewer's lecture.

Talbot Brewer is professor of philosophy and chair of the Philosophy Department at the University of Virginia and a scholar with Virtue, Happiness, & the Meaning of Life. He specializes in ethics and political philosophy, with particular attention to moral psychology and Aristotelian ethics.  He is the author of numerous essays, and has authored two books, the most recent of which is "The Retrieval of Ethics" (Oxford University Press, 2009).  He is currently at work on two books, one on Aristotelian action theory and its intersection with ethics, and another on a phenomenon that he calls “tragedies of the cultural commons”.

Made possible by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation, the lecture will take place Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 5:30 p.m., at the University of South Carolina Law School Auditorium, 701 Main St., Columbia, and will be followed by a reception. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested, though not required. For more information, visit