Living Accountably: Accountability as a Virtue

A one-week masterclass in moral philosophy with Professor C. Stephen Evans 
(Notre Dame Australia/Baylor)

7-10 November 2022

The Institute for Ethics & Society at The University of Notre Dame Australia is 
delighted to host a one-week masterclass in moral philosophy with Professor C. 
Stephen Evans (Notre Dame Australia/Baylor). The masterclass is free and open 
to everyone.

*Masterclass description*

There is much talk about accountability in the contemporary world. When bad 
behaviour is uncovered, there are cries to hold the guilty parties accountable 
and outrage when this is not done. This seems justified-we think people should 
be held accountable, and perhaps punished, for how they behave. This 
masterclass will focus on a more positive side of accountability by looking at 
the characteristics of persons who live accountably. Such people welcome being 
accountable to others: they have a virtue that could be called accountability.

This class will explore the nature of accountability as a virtue, as well as 
some of the ways in which its cultivation can positively impact society. We 
will examine the characteristics of the virtue itself, which is linked to the 
virtue the ancient Greeks described as justice. We will explore questions such 
as: How might accountability impact human flourishing? To whom are we 
accountable? What is the role of accountability in the moral life generally? We 
will also examine the transformative power of accountability in relation to 
varied spheres of contemporary society, including 12-step programs that combat 
addictive behaviours, the criminal justice system, and business and non-profit 

The masterclass will primarily focus on readings from Professor Evans' 
forthcoming book "Living Accountably: Accountability as a Virtue" (Oxford 
University Press).


Dates: 7-10 November 2022

Time: 10:00am-1:00pm

Mode: In person

Venue: Moorgate Room (10 Grafton St, Chippendale), University of Notre Dame 
Australia, Broadway.

More details:

Applications are now open and will close at 5:00pm on 21 October 2022. Spots 
are limited.

For inquiries and registration, contact Tim Smartt 

The masterclass is free and open to everyone.

Readings will be distributed two weeks prior to the event.

Tim Smartt
Lecturer | Institute for Ethics & Society
The University of Notre Dame Australia
Level 1 | 104 Broadway (PO Box 944), Broadway NSW 2007
Phone: (02) 8204 4232
Web:    Staff 
Web:    Moral Philosophy & Ethics Education 


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