About the Institute

The Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing is an academic center based at The University of Oklahoma. Its three-fold mission is to:

  • Advance the science of virtue both by promoting virtue research at OU and by serving as a central hub for other institutes, both in the U.S. and abroad, to facilitate collaborative research initiatives;
  • Improve the flourishing of OU students by revitalizing both the study and cultivation of virtue as part of the mission of higher education;
  • Improve the flourishing of all Oklahomans through our outreach programs in a variety of areas: to business, education, civic engagement, and parents.

The Institute is made possible by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation and by support from The University of Oklahoma.

Repository

Part of the Institute's mission is to offer a wide variety of resources for those interested in human flourishing, virtue and character. This repository provides a permanent home for those resources, and is updated regularly with new resources as they become available. We invite you to join our email list and connect with us on social media to stay informed of new resources, upcoming events and funding opportunities.

Moral Self Archive

The ISHF repository also hosts the Moral Self Archive, a freely available repository of moral self research, supported by the Self, Motivation & Virtue Project. The SMV Project is a 3-year initiative that funds innovative, interdisciplinary research on virtue and moral development, with a special focus on exploring new ways of measuring virtue and how it develops in humans. Visit the SMV Project website for more details.

Collections in this community

Recent Submissions

  • The Dignity of Persons and the Value of Uniqueness 

    Zagzebski, Linda (2016-11)
    Presidential Address delivered at the one hundred thirteenth Central Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association in Chicago, IL, on March 4, 2016.
  • The Joys and Sorrows of a Philosophical Life 

    Zagzebski, Linda (2016-11)
    John Dewey lecture delivered at the ninetieth Pacific Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association in San Francisco on April 1, 2016.
  • Turning Points: Finding Experiential Forks in the Path to Wisdom and Virtues 

    Nusbaum, Howard (2016-07)
    This article was published as the lead article in the Self, Motivation & Virtue Project e-Newsletter 06 (July 2016).
  • Moral Exemplarism 

    Zagzebski, Linda (2016-07)
    This article was originally published in the Self, Motivation & Virtue Project’s e-Newsletter 04, January 2016.
  • Performing Virtue 

    Zampelli, Michael (2016-04)
    This article was first published as the lead article in the Self, Motivation & Virtue Project e-Newsletter 05 (April 2016).
  • The Self, Motivation & Virtue Project e-Newsletter 05 

    SMV Project (2016-04)
    This is the quarterly electronic publication of the Self, Motivation & Virtue Project. It features a lead article, autobiographical sketches of SMV Project research team members, publication announcements, and updates about ...
  • ISHF e-Newsletter 01 (January 2016) 

    ISHF (2016-01)
    This is a quarterly electronic publication of the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing. It features a brief overview of past events and activities of the Institute and its partner institutions, and a look ahead to ...
  • The Self, Motivation & Virtue Project e-Newsletter 04 

    SMV Project (2016-01)
    This is the quarterly electronic publication of the Self, Motivation & Virtue Project. It features a lead article, autobiographical sketches of SMV Project research team members, publication announcements, and updates about ...
  • From 'ordinary' virtue to Aristotelian virtue 

    Snow, Nancy (2016-01)
    In two earlier papers, I began to explore how “ordinary people” acquire virtue. By “ordinary people,” I mean people, not specifically or directly concerned with becoming virtuous, who have goals or aims the pursuit of ...
  • The Self, Motivation & Virtue Project e-Newsletter 03 

    SMV Project (2015-10)
    This is the quarterly electronic publication of the Self, Motivation & Virtue Project. It features a lead article, autobiographical sketches of SMV Project research team members, publication announcements, and updates about ...
  • The Beacon Project: Jump-Starting a Field of the Morally Exceptional 

    Fleeson, William (2015-10)
    This article was originally published in the Self, Motivation & Virtue Project's e-Newsletter 03 (October 2015).
  • The Self, Motivation & Virtue Project e-Newsletter 02 

    SMV Project (2015-07)
    This is the quarterly electronic publication of the Self, Motivation & Virtue Project. It features a lead article, autobiographical sketches of SMV Project research team members, publication announcements, and updates about ...
  • Self-Control: The Linking of Self, Motivation, and Virtue 

    Cole Wright, Jennifer; Nadelhoffer, Thomas; Goya-Tocchetto, Daniela; Langville, Amy; Struchiner, Noel (2015-03-14)
    The key issue our team will be exploring is the role played by self-control in the development and expression of virtue. In particular, we are interested in the self-regulating function of people’s self-narratives ...
  • The Neuroscience of Habituated Motivation 

    Masala, Alberto; Andler, Daniel; Denizeau, Jean (2015-03-14)
    This project brings together neo-Aristotelian theory of motivational habituation and neuro-cognitive models of skill acquisition, in order to explain why it is so difficult to cultivate extended and sophisticated motivational ...
  • The Virtue of Self-Distancing 

    Herold, Warren; Kross, Ethan; Sowden, Walter (2015-03-14)
    According to Adam Smith, developing a moral self requires psychological distance: the ability to adopt a perspective outside of oneself, and then examine and regulate one’s feelings and behavior from that point of view. ...
  • Motivating Virtuous Selves: The Impact of Gender and Culture 

    Raine, Roxanne; Scheopner, Cynthia; McKinney, Jonathan (2015-03-14)
    The self is defined differently both across and within disciplines and cultures. The traditional Western view of self as an ethical or economic subject is challenged by process philosophers as misplaced and by feminists ...
  • Self and Desire as Seeds of Virtue 

    Condon, Paul; Dunne, John; Wilson-Mendenhall, Christine; Hasenkamp, Wendy; Quigley, Karen; Barrett, Lisa (2015-03-14)
    According to Buddhist philosophies, recognizing the self as impermanent, changing, and interdependent is at the root of virtue. With this realization, desires shift away from inward self-cherishing and toward outward ...

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