Talk: Jefferson’s Ethics and the Politics of Human Progress
Ari Helo, a former Fellow at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello will give a talk on Thomas Jefferson’s Ethics and the Politics of Human Progress. Thomas Jefferson famously thought the human mind to be “susceptible of much improvement … most of all in matters of government and religion.” Ari Helo analyses Jefferson’s understanding of morality, atheism, natural rights among other topics and finds Jefferson to be profoundly political in his understanding of individual moral responsibility and human progress.
Ari Helo lectures in the History of Science and Ideas Program at the University of Oulu, Finland, has taught Cultural Studies, American Studies at the University of Helsinki, and visited the University of Virginia on a Fulbright Scholarship.
Free and open to the public but registration is required.