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  • Virtue, Happiness, & the Meaning of Life Capstone Conference

    University of Chicago | October 13-14, 2017 Join us for our "capstone" conference, which will feature talks, panels, and discussions with the philosophers, religious thinkers, and psychologists who have been working together to investigate whether self-transcendence helps to make ordinary cultivation...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Economics & the Cultivation of Virtue lecture series

    The London School of Economics and Political Science In his 2017 Robbins Lectures, Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs will argue for a new Moral Economics built firmly on the foundations of the new moral sciences. The goal of moral economics is to promote wellbeing. A core principle is the cultivation of individual...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Centre Publishes Statement on Character, Virtue and Practical Wisdom in Professional Practice

    University of Birmingham The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues is delighted to publish its Statement on Character, Virtue and Practical Wisdom in the Professions. The statement is founded on research conducted by the Jubilee Centre which explored character and virtues in law, teaching and medicine...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Turning points : Finding experiential forks in the path to wisdom and virtues

    by Howard Nusbaum, Self, Motivation, & Virtue Project People often believe that, by adulthood, the psychology of the way they think, feel, believe, and act is set in stone–that an adult’s personality cannot really change. In part, this may be why people think that wisdom is something unattainable...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Virtues, Vices and Political Influence

    by David Hopper, The Academic Minute Listen to the podcast here. Do virtues or vices make for a more influential politician? Leanne ten Brinke, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Haas School of Business and Department of Psychology at the University of California Berkeley, describes how these different...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Good doctors: An ancient idea inspiring innovative enhancement to medical education?

    by Sabena Jameel, General Medical Council Sabena Jameel, a GP and Associate Dean for GP Education based in Birmingham, talks about her current PhD studies looking at the intellectual virtue of Phronesis (Practical Wisdom) as it relates to medical education and work as a GP. Wednesday evening, and I am...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Being Wise & Being Good - a Conversation with Howard Nusbaum and Candace Vogler

    UChicago News Click here to watch the livestream of "Being Wise & Being Good - a Conversation with Howard Nusbaum and Candace Vogler" Event began Monday, June 6, 7:00 pm Introduction : Wisdom, and the cultivation and exercise of strengths of character like courage, temperance, justice,...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Mindfulness and the Scientific Study of Wisdom

    by Matthew Brensilver, Mindful Schools As the scope of science expands, concepts that were previously confined to the humanities are receiving scientific attention. One recent example of this trend is the scientific exploration of wisdom . Traditionally, discussions of wisdom have been confined to disciplines...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Conversations on Wisdom: Uncut Interview with Nancy Snow (video)

    by Jason Boulware and Jean Matelski Boulware Nancy Snow, PhD is a philosopher and the director of the Institute for the study of Human Flourishing at the University of Oklahoma. She is also co-director for the Self, Motivation, and Virtue Project which supports research to open avenues of inquiry into...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Philosophers received $2 million to research the importance of “getting over yourself”

    by Olivia Goldhill, Quartz Self-obsessed people who just can’t “get over themselves” hardly sounds like a subject worthy of academic research. But Candace Vogler, from the University of Chicago, and Jennifer Frey, from the University of South Carolina, disagree. The importance of “getting over yourself...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
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  • Business Ethics: A Virtue Ethics and Common Good Approach (2018)

    Foreword excerpt by Barry Schwartz: It has been almost 250 years since moral philosopher Adam Smith changed the world. Though there were certainly transactions for profit before The wealth of Nations, Smith offered a comprehensive argument that would come from the free exchange of goods and services...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Situationism and the Pyrrhic Defense of Character Education: Commentary on Sreenivasan (2017)

    Chapter excerpt: One of the striking trends in recent moral psychology is the robust dialogue now commonplace between ethical theory and empirical psychology. At lease since the regnancy of the Kohlberg paradigm there was always an interest among moral development researchers in appropriating the dominant...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • A positive role for failure in virtue education (2017)

    Abstract: This article outlines a role for constructive failures in virtue education. Some failures can be catastrophic and push the agent toward vice, but other types of failure can have positive consequences, we’ll call these failures constructive failures, failures that help on the road to virtue...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Moral Psychology Volume 5: Virtue and Character (2017)

    Overview: Philosophers have discussed virtue and character since Socrates, but many traditional views have been challenged by recent findings in psychology and neuroscience. This fifth volume of Moral Psychology grows out of this new wave of interdisciplinary work on virtue, vice, and character. It offers...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • “In Defense of Aristotle on Character: Toward a Synthesis of Recent Psychology, Neuroscience, and Michael Polanyi,” (2017)

    In the United States, various forms of character education have become popular in both elementary and professional education. They are often criticised, however, for their reliance on Aristotle, who is said to be problematic at several points. In response to these criticisms, I argue that Aristotle’s...
    (My publication) Posted by: lewis_pa
  • Wisdom Calls: the Moral Story of the Hebrew Bible (2017)

    Reading the Old Testament as Hebrew Bible invites us to develop wisdom. The Torah and Former Prophets expose both the need for and limits of building morality around rules. The Latter Prophets offer internalized principles as the basis of morality, but also demonstrate the limit of principles. The Writings...
    (My publication) Posted by: lewis_pa
  • Lakota virtues and leadership principles: insights and applications for ethical leaders (2017)

    Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to identify the practical value and leadership applications of the twelve virtues of the Lakota (Sioux) nation and their importance for ethical leaders in the modern world. This paper describes and briefly summarizes each of the twelve Lakota virtues and presents...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Virtue-Led Social Work Practice (2017)

    Abstract: The ten biographies presented in this book offer an important opportunity for social work/social welfare/community and social development/human services students, practitioners and educators, and any general reader to look at these professionals’ life stories and some of the virtues we have...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • From Knowledge to Wisdom: Science and the Good Life (2016)

    Abstract: Various scientific disciplines, from sociology and economics to neuroscience and psychology, have devised innovative and empirical methods for assessing subjective states of happiness and well-being, providing intriguing new clues about our complex nature and what fosters a happy and meaningful...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Synthetic wisdom (2016)

    Abstract: Wisdom is a special kind of virtue. It is not to be identified with any outstanding cognitive ability—like having a prodigious memory or knowing a lot. Rather it consists in seeing what is most important and most valuable, either within a particular domain or in life as a whole. In the life...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
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  • Conversations on Wisdom: Nancy Snow

    By Jean Matelski Boulware Nancy Snow, PhD is a philosopher and the director of the Institute for the study of Human Flourishing at the University of Oklahoma. She is also co-director for the Self, Motivation, and Virtue Project which supports research to open avenues of inquiry into virtue using the...
     Posted by: brendah
  • Planting Seeds of Wisdom Part 2: Can Schools Teach Wisdom?

    By Brenda Huskey Some say that wisdom cannot be taught, and that wisdom may be gained only through a life-time of learning through real-world experience. Yet if wisdom can be learned , it can be taught . But how? (Sternberg, 2001; Reznitskaya & Sternberg, 2004). The wisest of teachers have always...
     Posted by: brendah
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