A lecture and panel discussion:

"Practical wisdom vs. Rules & Protocols" with

Prof. Barry Schwartz, Swarthmore College (USA)

Friday, February 12, 20101-3 pm.
Boothzaal, Universiteitsbibliotheek, De Uithof, Utrecht (directions)

Announcment of the lecture on the Studium Generale web page (with links to the video)

Barry Schwartz is the Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action at Swarthmore College. He is the author of: He frequently publishes editorials in the New York Times applying his research in psychology to current events. 

In the Feb. 12 lecture, Schwartz will be presenting work from his new book manuscript, Practical Wisdom and the Moral Improvisations of Everyday Life, coauthored with Kenneth Sharpe.  Here he draws on everything from Aristotle to cases of rule-driven bureaucracy run amok to argue that societies are increasingly moving towards a culture of protocols and regulations in which there is less and less room for "moral improvisation" and common sense, resulting in a troubling form of  of social and moral deskilling.  These newer ideas have been presented in his lecture in the TED lecture series, in an interview with Wired magazine and in a recent interview with the Australian HR Monthly.

Following the lecture, there will be a panel of commentators, including:
...and then a discussion with the audience.

The program is open to the public and free of charge.