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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.

What is Virtue?

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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Our Mission

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 - Perseverance

Featured Virtue: Perseverance

Perseverance is the ability to stay the course when the path to one’s goals is covered with obstacles and/or barriers. As you age, the degree to which you persevere will determine not only the goals you accomplish but also the kind of goals you set.

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Fall 2017 Events

Learn about our upcoming events!

We will be sponsoring a wide variety of events this Fall, including our second Partner Parents Event, an academic conference on honesty, integrity and truth telling, and a new colloquium series. Click below to learn more!

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New Book on Flourishing and Human Limitations

Linda Zagzebski

A new book on flourishing and human limitations was recently published by Dr. Blaine Fowers (University of Miami), Dr. Frank Richardson (University of Texas) and Dr. Brent Slife (Brigham Young University). The book is titled, Frailty, Suffering, and Vice: Flourishing in the Face of Human Limitations, and was published by the American Psychological Association in April 2017.

Publisher's description: Positive psychology studies the strengths that enable individuals to thrive. It is founded on the belief that we want to cultivate our best virtues and traits, and enhance our lives by embracing our best selves. But we are imperfect creatures. How do we realize our best selves and flourish in the face of our frailty, suffering, and vice? More >>