The Arete Project at the University of Chicago
Under the leadership of Jean Bethke Elshtain, the University of Chicago organized the Science of Virtues Research Network and the Arete Project. Here’s a description of the project from its website:
In order to advance a new interdisciplinary investigation on the topic of the virtues, the University of Chicago implemented a Request for Proposals (RFP) program to address a central question: In what ways might the humanities and the sciences cooperate to develop richer understandings of virtue for modern societies? This three-year initiative was conceived in May, 2007, during a landmark consultation, chaired by Jean Bethke Elshtain of the University of Chicago, and sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation. A New Science of Virtues aims to (1) bridge the gap between the humanities and the sciences in virtues research, (2) reinvigorate virtue as a topic of serious academic inquiry, and (3) develop a science of virtues that may improve public interventions and programs on virtue through credible scholarship and science.
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