“Virtue as a necessity”

Jordan Peterson, Professor of Psychology, University of Toronto

Author: Milan

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in IR at Wadham College, Oxford. Outside school, I am very interested in photography, writing, and the outdoors. I am writing this blog to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, provide a more personal view of graduate student life in Oxford, and pass on some lessons I've learned here.

5 thoughts on ““Virtue as a necessity””

  1. “The Nuremberg decision denied human beings – regardless of their ethnicity or national background or beliefs – the legal right to use [the fact that they had been following orders] as a defence under certain limited circumstances.

    And the argument was:

    There are some things that are so self-evidently not good – not virtuous – that if you engage in them you’re existentially guilty – you’re guilty outside the bounds of your culture. There’s a trans-national and trans-ethnic morality. We don’t know what it is, but we know what it isn’t.

    It isn’t pointless torture and genocide.

    At minimum, to be virtuous is to live your life in such a way that the probability that you would engage in such actions – given the opportunity – is minimized.”

    13:30 – 14:34

  2. “You should always be cautious about making yourself the Judge of Being – because there’s always the possibility that there’s a few things you don’t know.”


  3. Looks as though the link is broken or the video is down. I wanted to watch on the train!

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