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Beautiful Souls: Seminar 1

In the first chapter, one of the central questions the author raises is: how can we explain Paul Grüninger's heroic behavior?
When Oct 17, 2013
from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where 122 Findlay Commons, University Park, PA 16802
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Contact Phone 814-863-5911
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In the first chapter, one of the central questions the author raises is: how can we explain Paul Grüninger's heroic behavior? The most intuitive response would picture him as an exceptional human being, particularly virtuous and having a great character that makes him so sensitive to the suffering of other fellow human beings. However, the author does not favor this hypothesis since he constantly reminds us how normal and unexceptional this Swiss police commander was. So, why did Paul Gruninger behave the way he did? Out of character or simply based on the circumstances he found himself exposed to? In a dialogue with the students, I will explore the recent findings in social psychology that could help us understand the way humans behave, and the core difference about how they ought to behave.

This event is by invitation only from the Penn State Reads staff.