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"We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education."

– Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The Purpose of Education,” 1947 

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To flourish means to live well, to thrive. We believe that humans flourish when they develop to their fullest potential as rational and moral creatures living in healthy communities.

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We offer a variety of funding opportunities, from postdoctoral and dissertation fellowships to OU course development stipends.


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We sponsor lectures regularly throughout the semester. View videos of our Last Lectures, Welcome Lectures, Headliner Lectures and more.  


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The mission of the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing is to advance the science of virtue and to promote the flourishing of OU Students and all Oklahomans. Learn more

Featured Virtue: Civility

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Civility is a social virtue that is indispensable to open political discourse and reasoned disagreement. A civil person is willing to engage when the issues are intensely important or disagreement runs deep. Learn More

Institute Events

Spring 2018 Events

We have a full schedule of events planned for spring 2018, including our Colloquium Series, Virtue Forum Luncheons, another "Last Lecture," and more.
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Latest News: Call for Papers: Practicing Science - Virtues, Values, and the Good Life

Hosted by the Center for Theology, Science, and Human Flourishing
Sponsored by the Templeton Religion Trust
August 9-12, 2018
University of Notre Dame London Gateway
London, UK

Over the last several decades, virtue has attracted increased attention from philosophers, theologians, and psychologists. However, little of this research on virtue has attended to the development and function of virtue within scientific research and practice.

Since 2016, a multi-disciplinary research team at the University of Notre Dame, and funded by the Templeton Religion Trust, has been exploring the relationship between virtue and scientific practice with a particular focus on laboratory research in biology. (

This conference will showcase the team’s findings, and we welcome proposals for contribute papers to enhance these discussions.

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