University of Tennessee
Thursday, November 12, 2015

Vulnerability and Virtue

Misfortune, Comfort, and the Good Death

November 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm
UTK International House

A conversation with Dr. Marina McCoy and Dr. Clerk Shaw on vulnerability in ancient Greek texts and the Christian Scriptures.

A livestream of the forum will be available at:

Join us again on Nov 13th for a luncheon: "Advice for Young Christian Academics" at 12pm.  Please call 865-558-5773 for reservations. 



About the Presenters
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Boston College

Marina McCoy teaches both ancient philosophy and in a service learning program in which students explore philosophy and theology alongside in depth community service. Her research is in ancient philosophy and literature, and she has a special interest in Platonic rhetoric and argumentation. She is working on a book on imagination in Plato’s Republic. Among her recent publications are a book Wounded Heroes: Vulnerability as a Virtue in Greek Tragedy and Philosophy (Oxford, 2013), and an essay “Pity as a Civic Virtue in Sophocles’ Philoctetes,” (SUNY, 2015). She has also received various grants from the Institute for Liberal Arts for faculty/graduate student colloquia on “Race and Ethics” and “Gender and Embodiment.”

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of Undergraduate Studies, University of Tennessee

Dr. Shaw's research focuses on pleasure, pain, and the emotions in ancient Greek and Roman ethics, and especially on ancient hedonism and anti-hedonism.  He is the author of a book entitled Plato's Anti-Hedonism and the Protagoras (Cambridge University Press, 2015), and he has written several papers on Plato's positive ethical and political views in the Gorgias.  He is currently working on his second book, The Structure of Epicurean Ethics.  In the more distant future, he plans to argue that most fundamentally, we come to know what is good and how to act through pleasures, pains, and emotions, but that neither moral beliefs nor moral properties are constituted by pleasures, pains, or emotions.

History at University of Tennessee

In March of 2015, The Veritas Forum as the University of Tennessee hosted a conversation between Wheaton’s John Walton and Erin Darby on “Reading the Old Testament: the origins and authority of Scripture.”  The workshop was proceeded the day before by a luncheon in which Dr. Walton offered “Advice to Young Christian Academics.”  

In spring of 2014, the University of Tennessee explored questions related to science and faith at their Veritas Forum.  They invited Jeffrey Schloss and Andrew Kramer to discuss "The Believing Neanderthal: A Conversation on Evolution, Faith and Human uniqueness". 

In 2013, The Veritas Forum at the University of Tennessee welcomed Marla Frederick, from Harvard University, to discuss church, justice and American life with UTK Professor Mark Hulsether, at "We've Come This Far By Faith".