A Speech in China: A Consideration of Heroic Action in the Context of Culture

I contributed to an essay on heroism with Zeno Franco, Phil Zimbardo, Dennis Pamlin, and Kathy Blau this month.  It was read out at a conference in China on September 23rd.  The paper was based on the “Banality of Heroism” article in Greater Good magazine that I talked about earlier in the year.  The focus has moved to heroism in the modern world and the future, especially in relation to China.

You can download the paper in pdf format from my website.  I’d love to hear what you think in the comments here.

2 Responses to A Speech in China: A Consideration of Heroic Action in the Context of Culture

  1. Anonymous September 25, 2007 at 9:04 am #

    Had 3 tests today….so have only scan read it, going to try and digest it tonite….From my brief perusal I feel you should have been referenced…Matt Langdon ‘Life’ 🙂 !!!

  2. kit84 September 28, 2007 at 10:27 am #

    On a more serious note…I feel the paper does identify correctly the need for social heroes and that the current popular perception of a hero is misguided .i.e. a celebrity or as previously discussed an athlete does not necessarily constitute a hero. More importantly identified is the need for cultural perceptions of heroes, as the end point cannot be reached until this figured out. Especially if you consider in our current climate, that the suicide bombers from Iraq, are most likely considered a hero within their cultural context. Therefore the need to find common ground, maybe an important step within the research of the heroic ideal.