Nancy Sherman

Nancy Sherman

University Professor and Professor of Philosophy; Fellow of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University

"Afterwar: Healing the Moral Wounds of Our Soliders"

8:00 PM Monday, March 13, 2017
Montana Theatre, PARTV

"Soldiers and Dancers Sharing the Dance Floor"

3:00 PM Monday, March 13, 2017
Gallagher Business Building Room 123

Please join us for a seminar and lecture with Nancy Sherman. After receiving a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1982, she taught philosophy at Yale and then in 1989 accepted a position at Georgetown. From 1997 to 1999, Professor Sherman was the inaugural Distinguished Chair of Ethics at the U.S. Naval Academy. Since 2001 she has been the University Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown. Her interests are ethics, moral psychology, the history of moral philosophy, ancient philosophy and ancient ethics, military ethics, and emotions.

Trained in psychoanalysis at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, Professor Sherman has consulted for the U.S. Armed Forces on issues of ethics, resilience, and post-traumatic stress. She has lectured at the Uniformed Services University, Walter Reed Army Hospital, the National Defense University, military academies, and bases. Her work with veterans groups has elicited high praise. She is a frequent guest on television news programs, and her op-eds have appeared in newspapers across the country, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

            Professor Sherman’s book publications include the following:

                        The Fabric of Character: Aristotle's Theory of Virtue (1989)            

                        Making a Necessity of Virtue: Aristotle and Kant on Virtue    (1997)

                        Critical Essays on the Classics: Aristotle's Ethics, ed. (1999)

                        Stoic Warriors: The Ancient Philosophy Behind the Military Mind (2005)

                        The Untold War: Inside the Hearts, Minds, and Souls of our Soldiers (2010)

                        Afterwar: Healing the Moral Wounds of our Soldiers (2015)

One critic hailed Afterwar as a book that “brilliantly explores the moral and philosophical complexities of homecomings for modern veterans.” Another said that with wisdom and compassion it revealed “the souls of our soldiers and the wounds that are deeply hidden.”

 The seminar and lecture are free and open to the public.