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  • If You Want Public Justice, Practice Private Virtue

    by Susanna Hoffman, The Federalist John F. Kennedy’s famous line, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country,” perfectly illustrates Aristotle’s definition of justice. The Greek philosopher himself described justice as a “public virtue,” one that implies each member...
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    by Louisa McCune, Artdesk In 2015, philosopher Nancy Snow, PhD, was recruited from Marquette University to the University of Oklahoma to do one thing, one really big visionary thing—teach Oklahomans and Oklahoma students about the importance of a virtuous life as a means to human happiness. Under her...
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  • The Cinnabon Made Me Do It: Surprising Influences on Moral Behavior

    by Christian Miller, Merion West Suppose you are walking along in a shopping mall when suddenly someone approaches you to ask for help making change for a dollar. You gladly help—after all, it’s a small thing, and you have the change. Soon enough, you are on your way to the music store to buy some new...
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    by Christian B. Miller, Character.org Character exists and character matters. But what is character? And what constitutes a good character? I am a philosopher who has worked on the topic of character for over ten years. I have found that unless we clarify what we are talking about, we run the risk of...
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  • Intellectual humility: The importance of knowing you might be wrong

    by Brian Resnick, Vox Julia Rohrer wants to create a radical new culture for social scientists. A personality psychologist at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Rohrer is trying to get her peers to publicly, willingly admit it when they are wrong. To do this, she, along with some colleagues...
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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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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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...
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  • 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...
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