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All you need to know about … The Ethics of Talent

Date: Time: 13:00 Location: Black Box, Esplanade Building, Tilburg University

WILL BE RESCHEDULED Talents play a significant role in our lives, and they often determine our character. But how ethically valuable is identifying and developing our talents? Does it really contribute to the well-being of ourselves and others? (language English / *Certificate)

EVENT WILL BE RESCHEDULED TO SEPTEMBER 2020 (date yet to be determined)
Time: 13:00-14:00 hrs. (doors open at 12:45 hrs.).  Admission is free.  See also Facebook.

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Talents play a significant role in our lives. They often determine the choices we make, and even end up shaping our values and identities.


We often choose our studies, careers and hobbies with our talents in mind. Moreover, political institutions regularly organize themselves to accommodate differences in our talents, distributing resources accordingly. It is commonly assumed that identifying and developing our talents is ethically valuable, contributing to our own and others’ well-being in some way. Is this really the case?

Gift or duty?

Does developing our talents contribute to our well-being? Do we have an obligation to develop our talents in order to help others or ourselves? Are talent shows or talent-management programs ethically problematic in some way? In trying to answer these questions we will touch on the ethical theories of ‘consequentialism’, ‘perfectionism’ and Kant’s theory of moral obligation, as well as delving deeper into the nature and value of self-development.

Catherine Robb

Dr. Catherine M. Robb is Assistant Professor at the department of Philosophy, Tilburg University. Last year she became Teacher of the Year at the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences.

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This event is an initiative of  Academic Forum .

Contact: Has Klerx (Academic Forum).

* This event may count towards the Academic Forum Certificate.