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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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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


Love of Learning

Featured Virtue: Love of LearningLove of learning is a disposition to seek out new experiences and novel opportunities for learning. The most common example of someone that loves learning is a child. For the child, everything is fresh, new and interesting.

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Course Proposals

Apply now for course fundingWe offer funding for OU faculty to develop new courses and redesign existing courses, in a variety of disciplines, on virtue and flourishing. We issued our fourth Call for Course Proposals on February 6, 2017. The submission deadline is April 1, 2017.

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Dr. Linda Zagzebski Publishes Monograph

Exemplarist Moral Theory

Leadership Team member, Dr. Linda Zagzebski, recently published a book titled Exemplarist Moral Theory (Oxford University Press). Dr. Zagzebski is George Lynn Cross Research Professor, and Kingfisher College Chair of the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, at the University of Oklahoma.

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In this book Linda Zagzebski presents an original moral theory based on direct reference to exemplars of goodness, modeled on the Putnam-Kripke theory which revolutionized semantics in the seventies. In Exemplarist Moral Theory, exemplars are identified through the emotion of admiration, which Zagzebski argues is both a motivating emotion and an emotion whose cognitive content permits the mapping of the moral domain around the features of exemplars. Using examples of heroes, saints, and sages, Zagzebski shows how narratives of exemplars and empirical work on the most admirable persons can be incorporated into the theory for both the theoretical purpose of generating a comprehensive theory, and the practical purpose of moral education and self-improvement. Learn more >>