Battle of Ideas

The Barbican - Silk Street - London - EC2Y 8DS, The Garden Room
Research, Social Sciences, Students
Sunday 21st October 2012 (15:15-16:45)
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Professor Kathryn Ecclestone
Telephone +44 (0)121 414 4875

Character: skill or virtue?

The annual Battle of Ideas festival was initiated by the Institute of Ideas and is supported by a wide range of partners. The purpose of the festival, now in its eighth year, is to make virtues of free-thinking and dissent and spark public conversations on the key issues facing society. It aims to foster an atmosphere of intellectual freedom, and the open-ended exploration of the ideas that are shaping policy and culture.

With the resurgence of interest in ‘character’ and how it is formed, particularly in behavioural science this particular event examines whether there is a crisis of character today and if not, why do so many people think there is?

Speakers from the School of Education include Professor Kristján Kristjánsson from the new Jubilee Centre for Character and Values and Professor Kathryn Ecclestone who will also chair the session.

The debate is just one of many sessions covering arts and culture, politics, economics, health and education -amongst others to be held at the Barbican the weekend of 21 - 22 October 2012.

More information on the event, including recommended readings may be found at