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: Compassion
Compassion is the ability to feel sorrow over another person’s suffering, and to express that sorrow by trying to alleviate that suffering. Unlike pity, compassion does not suggest any feeling of superiority to the suffering person.
OCT 18 - ISHF Colloquium
Join us on Wednesday, October 18 at 4:00 PM in Bizzell Library (Room LL118) as Dissertation Fellow, Jessica Black, shares her research on "Narrative, Morality, and Imagination."
Dr. Nancy Snow to Give Inaugural Lecture at Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology
Institute Director, Dr. Nancy Snow, was invited to give the inaugural lecture at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology in Cambridge, England. The lecture, titled, "Proliferating Virtues: A Clear and Present Danger?" is scheduled for Friday, October 27th from 5:00 - 6:30 PM.
The event is free but booking is required. To book, please email your name to Ela Wolbek at firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Proliferating Virtue’ in the subject line. Learn more>>
Lecture Synopsis: A possible pitfall of the explosion of work in virtue ethics is the needless proliferation of virtues. In this talk Professor Snow will discuss three positions on proliferation. The first is the situationist approach, taken, for example by Doris (2002), in which virtues are conceptualized as behavioral regularities that are indexed to objectively describable features of situations. This gives rise to virtues such as “office-party sociability,” and “answer-key honesty.” Russell (2010) takes a second approach, arguing that virtue ethical right action is impossible unless we adopt a finite and specifiable list of the virtues. Hursthouse (2007) takes a third approach, looking first to standard Aristotelian virtues, and adding virtues only when the standard set fails to capture something of moral importance for our dispositions and actions. Professor Snow develops a position similar to Hursthouse’s approach. She opts for parsimony in the development of new virtues, and offers explanations of when and why we should seek to bring new virtues into play based on changing articulations of the human good. Any new virtues, she argues, should be clearly grounded in what is good for humans. Thus her position remains within the ambit of neo-Aristotelianism, and rejects situationist accounts.
- Dr. Richard Lerner Appointed as Corresponding Member of Pontifical Academy for Life (9/13/17)
- Dr. Casey Shutt Publishes Article on Education and Cynicism (9/12/17)
- New Book on Personal Flourishing in Organizations (9/8/17)
- Dr. Jong Jung Publishes Research on Financial Hardship, Life Satisfaction and Religion (8/31/17)
- Virtue in the News: "What Would Ben Franklin Say?" (8/22/17)
- Call for Papers - Journal of Character Education (8/2/17)