" The JANUSBLOG hosts participatory discussion forums and advanced scholarly research tools, in order to promote the development of an interdiscipinary 'online community' of researchers in all of the various areas of virtue research, defined broadly to include philosophic and scientific concern with human character as reflected in thought and action. The blog promotes multidisciplinary approaches to characterological discourse, and networking in order to facilitate a greater integration of empirical studies of human moral and epistemic agency with the normative or regulative concerns that description of credit or praiseworthy personal characteristic raises.
Janus, the dual-facing Roman deity, seems a fitting image for virtue theory, which displays both an empirical and a normative side or 'face,' and is deeply concerned with reflective active human agents both in their intellectual and in their practical reasoning, in belief and in action, etc. For the Romans, Janus is the god of new journeys and beginnings, who is hence also 'keeper of doorways.' JanusBlog is for philosophers to engage with social psychologists and to explore doorways such as those between ethical and intellectual virtue/vice, metaethics and applied ethics, reliability and responsibility, ethics and/of belief, knowledge and action, philosophy and empirically-grounded social psychology, eastern, western, and comparative accounts of virtue and vice, and, of course, perhaps key to all doorways, naturalism and normativity.
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From OVID's Metamorphoses
["But two-formed Janus what god shall I say you are,
Since Greece has no divinity to compare with you?"
Then suddenly, sacred and marvellous, Janus,
In two-headed form, showed his twin faces to my eyes...
He spoke these words to me from his forward looking face:
‘Learn, without fear, what you seek, poet who labours
Over the days, and remember my speech...
I’ve explained my meaning. Now learn the reason for my shape,
Though already you partially understand it.
For every doorway has two sides: this way and that,
One facing the crowds, and the other the Lares:
And like your doorkeeper seated at the threshold,
Who watches who goes and out and who goes in,
So I the doorkeeper of the heavenly court,
Look both east and west at once!]