Unraveling Virtues

 By Greg Borzo, UChicago News

An excerpt: That the new study of virtues has come to embrace a systematic, organized body of knowledge was evident at the third annual conference of the New Science of Virtues project at the University of Chicago, March 14-16, 2012.

“The rigorous scientific method can be applied to the study of virtues, embracing both empirical and theoretical approaches,” said Jean Bethke Elshtain, head of the project and professor of social and political ethics at the University. “In addition, it lends itself to a rare degree of multidisciplinary research.” Indeed, the project engaged philosophers, economists, psychologists, neurobiologists, theologians, physicians, political scientists, historians and other specialists working together.

The project was funded by a $4.2 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation, which supports discovery in fields that engage life’s biggest questions.

“We came to the University of Chicago and said, ‘Help us find the best talent to explore how the study of virtues fits into academic discourse and research,’ and Arete put together this project, engaging scholars from around the country,” said Barnaby Marsh, executive vice president of strategic initiatives for the Foundation.

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Photo: Beth Rooney.

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