This episode of the Bradley Lecture Series Podcast features Professor Gertrude Himmelfarb, one of the preeminent historians of the Victorian Era.  In her lecture, Professor Himmelfarb speaks about the cultural transformation from Victorian virtues to modern values in a morally relativist society.  She argues that people during the Victorian era developed policies and social norms to encourage hard work, self-reliance, self-respect, and pride in country, while people today have demoralized social debates.

As controversies over values grow ever more divisive, Himmelfarb reminds listeners that values are no substitute for virtues–and that the Victorians, for all their flaws, had something important to teach us about what it means to live a worthwhile life.

This lecture was originally given on February 13, 1995.  Full details can be found on the original event page here.

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