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Georgetown Philosophy Professor to Discuss ‘the Guilt Soldiers Carry’

“The Other War: The Guilt Soldiers Carry” will be the topic of a discussion given at Washington and Lee University by Nancy Sherman, professor of philosophy at Georgetown University, adjunct professor of law at the Georgetown Law School and a fellow of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, on Thursday, Dec. 4.

The 4:30 p.m. event at the Stackhouse Theater in W&L’s University Commons is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will be held after the talk.

Sherman was the inaugural holder of the Distinguished Chair in Ethics at the United States Naval Academy and in that role lectured widely to military audiences, including ROTC, military academies, bases and war colleges. She was associate professor of philosophy at Yale University and has held visiting positions at Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland.

Sherman is the author of Stoic Warriors: The Ancient Philosophy Behind the Military Mind; Making a Necessity of Virtue: Aristotle and Kant on Virtue; and The Fabric of Character: Aristotle’s Theory of Virtue. The editor of Critical Essays on the Classics: Aristotle’s Ethics, Sherman has published over 30 articles in the general area of ethics, history of moral philosophy, ancient philosophy, military ethics, moral psychology and the emotions.

She has been the recipient of many awards, including fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Philosophical Society and the Mellon Foundation.

Sherman holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University in philosophy, an M.Litt. in philosophy from the University of Edinburgh and a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College.

Sherman’s talk is sponsored by The Herbert Pollack Lectures in the Sciences and the Humanities.