In fall 2015, the Center hosted an invited conference on the topic, Responsiveness as a Democratic Virtue. Our purpose was to bring together a small group of philosophers, social scientists, and educators to discuss what the virtue of responsiveness is, what value it has for democratic life, and whether (and how) this value should be promoted in schools.
Our discussions began with this starting definition of responsiveness:
Being responsive (primarily to others, but we might also think about being responsive to the non-human world) involves being open to being moved or transformed by what others convey and do, especially in the course of the shared activity of living together (which includes working out the terms by which we live together).
This was not a meeting in which participants presented papers; instead, our hope was that focused discussion on the theme would inspire new work to be developed over the course of the next year.
This same group met again in the spring of 2017 to share and discuss progress on a set of papers-in-progress related to the theme of Responsiveness as a Democratic Virtue.