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Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing

"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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Our Vision

The Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing (ISHF; the Institute) is revitalizing and renewing the study and cultivation of virtue in higher education, advancing the study of virtue through leadership in virtue research, and improving the flourishing of students and of all people in Oklahoma and beyond through effective and inspiring outreach programs.

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To advance the study of virtue and promote flourishing through leadership in virtue education and outreach. Learn more

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The Self, Virtue, and Public Life is a $3.9 million research initiative led by Institute director Nancy Snow and funded by the Templeton Religion Trust.


Read a copy of the 2020 Newsletter filled with upcoming events and information.

Summer 2020 Newsletter

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