Scholars for the Virtue, Happiness, & Meaning of Life (VHML) project are an international team of researchers in philosophy, psychology and religious studies who engage in collaborative, inter-disciplinary research on the concept of self-transcendent good as a framework for investigating fundamental questions about virtue, happiness, and meaning in human life. 

An innovation of the project is that our scholars investigate these topics together through biannual cross-disciplinary working group meetings.  This kind of network project offers distinctive advantages, as it enables researchers from different disciplines to share ideas and results, and enables the character of that research to be shaped and informed by the insights provided by other members of the group while the research is still developing and progressing.

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Erik Angner

Associate Professor of Practical Philosophy, Stockholm University

Erik Angner is Associate Professor of Practical Philosophy at Stockholm University. As a result of serious mission creep, he holds two PhDs – one in Economics and one in History and Philosophy of Science – both from the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of two books, Hayek and Natural Law (Routledge, 2007) and A Course in Behavioral Economics, now in its second edition (Palgrave, 2016), as well as multiple journal articles and book chapters on behavioral and experimental economics, the economics of happiness, and the history, philosophy, and methodology of contemporary economics.

Erik Angner on The Virtue Blog

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Marc G. Berman 

Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Director, Environmental Neuroscience Laboratory, University of Chicago

Marc G. Berman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and is involved in the Cognition, Social and Integrative Neuroscience programs. Understanding the relationship between individual psychological and neural processing and environmental factors lies at the heart of my research. In my lab we utilize brain imaging, behavioral experimentation, computational neuroscience and statistical models to quantify the person, the environment and their interactions. Marc received his B.S.E. in Industrial and Operations Engineering (IOE) from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. in Psychology and IOE from the University of Michigan. He received post-doctoral training at the University of Toronto's Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest. Before arriving to Chicago he was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of South Carolina.

Marc Berman on The Virtue Blog

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Talbot Brewer

Professor of Philosophy, University of Virginia and Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture

Talbot Brewer is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Philosophy Department at the University of Virginia. He specializes in ethics and political philosophy, with particular attention to moral psychology and Aristotelian ethics.  He is the author of numerous essays, including “Reflections on the Cultural Commons” (in Nestor García, ed, Being Human in a Consumerist Society, 2014), “Two Pictures of Practical Thinking” (in Jost and Wuerth, eds, Perfecting Virtue, 2011), “Is Welfare an Independent Good?” (Social Philosophy & Policy 26, 2009), “Three Dogmas of Desire” (in Chappell, ed, Values and Virtues, 2007), “Virtues We Can Share: A Reading of Aristotle’s Ethics” (Ethics 115, 2005), “Two Kinds of Commitments (And Two Kinds of Social Groups)” (Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 66, 2003), and “Maxims and Virtues” (The Philosophical Review 3, 2002). He has been a visiting professor in the Harvard University Philosophy Department and has authored two books, the most recent of which is The Retrieval of Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2009).  He is currently at work on two books, one on Aristotelian action theory and its intersection with ethics, and another on a phenomenon that he calls “tragedies of the cultural commons”.

Tal Brewer on The Virtue Blog

December 14, 2016 Lecture, "What Good Are the Humanities?"

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David Carr

Professor Emeritus, University of Edinburgh; Professor of Ethics and Education, University of Birmingham Jubilee Centre for Character and Value

David Carr is Professor of Ethics and Education and his principal research interests include:  ethics, virtue ethics and moral education; the nature of professionalism and professional ethics; aesthetics; and education of the emotions. He has written widely in these areas and is the author of Making Sense of Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy and Theory of Education and Teaching London: Routledge (2003). Recently he has written Virtue, mixed emotions and moral ambivalence in Philosophy Vol. 84(1), pp. 31-46 and Character in Teaching in British Journal of Educational Studies, Vol. 55(4), pp. 369-389. 

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Owen Flanagan

James B. Duke University Professor of Philosophy at Duke University

Owen Flanagan is James B. Duke University Professor of Philosophy at Duke University. He works in philosophy of mind, ethics, and comparative philosophy. His book, The Geography of Morals: Varieties of Moral Possibility is forthcoming from  Oxford University Press.

Owen Flanagan on The Virtue Blog

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Fr. Kevin Flannery

Professor of Philosophy, Pontifical University Gregorian

Rev. Kevin Flannery, S.J., is Professor of the History of Ancient Philosophy, Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.  He is a Fellow of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas, and author of several books and articles on logic and ethics, including Christian and Moral Action and Action and Character according to Aristotle.

Kevin Flannery on The Virtue Blog

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Jennifer A. Frey

Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina; Principal Investigator

Jennifer A. Frey is an assistant professor in the philosophy department at the University of South Carolina.  Prior to joining the philosophy faculty at UofSC, she was a Collegiate Assistant Professor of Humanities at the University of Chicago, where she was a member of the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts and an affiliated faculty in the philosophy department.  She earned her PhD in philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh, and her B.A. in Philosophy and Medieval Studies (with Classics minor) at Indiana University-Bloomington. Her research lies at the intersection of philosophy of action and ethics, with a particular focus on the Aristotelian-Thomist tradition. 

Jennifer A. Frey on The Virtue Blog

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Michael Gorman

Associate Professor of Philosophy, School of Philosophy, The Catholic University of America

Michael Gorman is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the School of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America. He holds the PhD in Philosophy (SUNY Buffalo, 1993) and PhD in Theology (Boston College, 1997). His areas of interest are Metaphysics, Human Nature, Analytic Philosophy, and Medieval Philosophy. Recent publications include "Two Types of Features: An Aristotelian Approach." Ratio 27 (2014): 140-54; and "Essentiality as Foundationality." In Neo-Aristotelian Perspectives in Metaphysics, ed. Daniel Novotny and Lukas Novak (Routledge, 2014), 119-37.

Michael Gorman on The Virtue Blog

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Matthias Haase 

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Chicago

Matthias Haase is Assistant Professor of Philosolph at the University of Chicago. He studied philosophy, logic and cultural studies at the Hochschule für Philosophie München, LMU Munich, the Free University of Berlin, Humboldt University Berlin and the University of Potsdam. Promotion 2007 at the University Potsdam. As a visiting scholar he was at the University of Pittsburgh (2003-2006) and Harvard University (2010-2012). From 2006 to 2010 he was a research assistant at the Philosophy Department of the University of Basel. His research interests are philosophy of mind, action theory, ethics and metaphysics. 

Matthias Haase on The Virtue Blog

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John Haldane

J. Newton Rayzor, Sr., Distinguished Professor in Philosophy, Baylor University; Professor of Philosophy and Director, Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs, St. Andrews University

John Haldane is professor of philosophy and director of the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs at the University of St Andrews, and the J. Newton Rayzor, Sr., Distinguished Professor in Philosophy at Baylor University. His research interests include issues in the history of philosophy; philosophy of mind; social and political philosophy, ethics, and aesthetics. Prof. Haldane obtained a bachelor of arts in philosophy in 1980 and a Ph.D. in 1984. He has held fellowships from the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Pittsburgh. A proponent of analytical approaches to the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, Prof. Haldane has authored or edited dozens of articles and books, including "An Intelligent Person's Guide to Religion", "Faithful Reason: Essays Catholic and Philosophical", "Reasonable Faith", and "Atheism and Theism". He has also appeared on several BBC radio and television programs and contributed to the Times, the Daily Telegraph, The Scotsman, and several other outlets.

John Haldane on The Virtue Blog

December 14, 2015 Virtue, Happiness, & the Meaning of Life Lecture

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Reinhard Huetter

Professor of Christian Theology, Duke Divinity School

Reinhard Huetter is Professor of Christian Theology at Duke University Divinity School where he teaches dogmatic, philosophical, and moral theology ad mentem S. Thomae. He is presently the Paluch Chair in Theology at the University of Saint Mary on the Lake/Mundelein Seminary of the Archdiocese of Chicago (2015-16). He is co-editor of the English edition of Nova et Vetera: The International Theological Journal. He is the author and editor of numerous books, most recently Dust Bound for Heaven: Explorations in the Theology of Thomas Aquinas (2012) and (ed. with Matthew Levering), Ressourcement Thomism: Sacred Doctrine, the Sacraments and the Moral Life (2010). He is an Ordinary Academician of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas.The author of four scholarly books and numerous articles, reviews, and translations, he has also co-edited six books. His most recent books include Reason and the Reasons of Faith (ed. with Paul J. Griffiths), Ressourcement Thomism: Sacred Doctrine, the Sacraments, and the Moral Life (ed. with Matthew Levering), and Dust Bound for Heaven: Explorations in the Theology of Thomas Aquinas. He was the editor of Pro Ecclesia: a Journal of Catholic and Evangelical Theology and served on the editorial board of Theology Today. He is presently co-editor of the academic series Faith and Reason: Studies in Catholic Theology and Philosophy and Renewal Within Tradition: Nova & Vetera Books, and is co-editor of Nova et Vetera: The English Edition of the International Theological Journal. He was awarded the Henry Luce III Fellowship, was a visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies of Religion of the University of Chicago, a research fellow at the Center of Theological Inquiry at Princeton, served as visiting professor at the University of Jena, Germany, was elected for membership in the American Theological Society, served as president of the Academy of Catholic Theology, held the Robert J. Randall Distinguished Chair of Christianity and Culture at Providence College, is a Distinguished Fellow of The St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, and an Ordinary Academician of the Pontifical Academy of Saint Thomas Aquinas. 

Reinhard Huetter on The Virtue Blog

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Katherine Kinzler

Associate Professor of Psychology and Associate Professor of Human Development, Cornell University

Katherine Kinzler is Associate Professor of Psychology and Associate Professor of Human Development at Cornell University. Before that, she was a Neubauer Family Assistant Professor in Psychology at the University of Chicago.  She received her B.A. in Cognitive Science from Yale College, and her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Harvard University in 2008.  Professor Kinzler's research focuses on the development of social cognition, with particular emphasis on investigating infants' and children's attention to language and accent as indicators of group membership.  Her research is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Katherine Kinzler on The Virtue Blog

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Angela Knobel

Associate Professor of Philosophy, School of Philosophy, The Catholic University of America

Dr. Angela Knobel is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the School of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America. Her main areas of research are Thomas Aquinas's virtue theory, “infused” moral virtue,  ethics, and bioethics. Her papers have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as The Thomist, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Nova et Vetera, International Philosophical Quarterly, Journal of Moral Theology, Studies in Christian Ethics, and Théologie Morale Fondamentale.

Angela Knobel on The Virtue Blog

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Kristján Kristjánsson

Professor of Character Education and Virtue Ethics;  Deputy Director of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, University of Birmingham

Kristján Kristjánsson’s research orientation can best be summed up as that of Aristotle-inspired philosophical scrutiny of theories in educational psychology and values education, with special emphasis on the notions of character and emotional virtue. He has written extensively on themes in general education, moral education, educational psychology, moral philosophy and political philosophy, and sees himself essentially as a bridge-builder between philosophy and social science. Kristjánsson is the author of Social Freedom: The Responsibility View (C.U.P., 2006), Justifying Emotions: Pride and Jealousy (Routledge, 2002), Justice and Desert-Based Emotions (Ashgate, 2006), Aristotle, Emotions and Education (Ashgate, 2007), The Self and Its Emotions (C.U.P., 2010), and Virtues and Vices in Positive Psychology (C.U.P., 2013). His latest book is Aristotelian Character Education (Routledge, 2015). Kristjánsson has published over 70 articles in international journals and is an editorial board member of the Journal of Moral Education. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Cornell University, University of Konstanz, St. Edmund’s College (Cambridge University) and Institute of Education (University of London). In 1997, he was elected the Young Humanities Scholar of the Year by the Icelandic Council of Science, and in 2011 he was presented with the Ása Guðmundsdóttir Wright Award, the most prestigious scholarly award given to an Icelandic academic across the Sciences and Humanities.

Kristján Kristjánsson on The Virtue Blog

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Heather C. Lench

Associate Professor of Psychology and Department Head, Texas A&M University

Heather C. Lench is Associate Professor and Associate Head in the Department of Psychology at Texas A&M University. She was awarded her PhD from the University of California, Irvine, in 2007.  The underlying premise of her research is that emotional processes are the foundation of behavior and thought. Her research examines the role of affective reactions and emotions in how people think about the future and what they think will happen to them in the future. Her work on affective reactions and optimism received an American Psychological Association New Investigator Award. She also investigates when and why particular emotions might improve functioning and decision making.

Heather C. Lench on The Virtue Blog

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Dan P. McAdams

Henry Wade Rogers Professor of Psychology and Professor of Human Development and Social Policy, Northwestern University

Dan P. McAdams is a professor and former chair of the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University. He was awarded the Ph.D. in Psychology and Social Relations from Harvard University in 1979.
McAdams studies personality development across the human life course, with an emphasis on the narratives that people construct to make meaning out of their lives. He is the author most recently of THE REDEMPTIVE SELF:  STORIES AMERICANS LIVE BY (Oxford University Press, 2013) and THE ART AND SCIENCE OF PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT (Guilford Press, 2015), and President-elect of the Association for Research in Personality.

Dan McAdams on The Virtue Blog

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Darcia Narvaez

Professor of Psychology, University of Notre Dame

Darcia Narvaez is Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame. She brings evolutionary theory, neurobiology, positive psychology and indigenous perspectives to considerations of wellbeing, morality and wisdom across the lifespan, including early life, childhood and adulthood and in multiple contexts (parenting, schooling). Author or editor of over 140 academic articles and chapters and 13 academic books, her most recent authored books include Embodied Morality: Protectionism, Engagement and Imagination, and Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom, which won the William James Book Award from the American Psychological Association. Edited volumes include Developing the Virtues: Integrating Perspectives (with Annas and Snow); Personality, Identity and Character (with Lapsley); Evolution, Early Experience and Human Development (with Panksepp, Schore and Gleason); Ancestral Landscapes in Human Evolution: Culture, Childrearing and Social Wellbeing (with Valentino, Mckenna, Fuentes & Gray). A fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Educational Research Association, she is executive editor of the Journal of Moral Education. She also writes a popular blog for Psychology Today (“Moral Landscapes”).

Darcia Narvaez on The Virtue Blog

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Howard C. Nusbaum

Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Chicago; Division Director for the Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Division for the National Science Foundation

Howard C. Nusbaum is professor at the University of Chicago in the Department of Psychology and its College, and a steering committee member of the Neuroscience Institute. Nusbaum is an internationally recognized expert in cognitive psychology, speech science, and in cognitive neuroscience. Nusbaum investigates the cognitive and neural mechanisms that mediate spoken language use, as well as language learning and the role of attention in speech perception. In addition, he investigates how we understand the meaning of music, and how cognitive and social-emotional processes interact in decision-making and wisdom research. He is currently Division Director for the Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Division in the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) Directorate for the National Science Foundation.

Howard Nusbaum on The Virtue Blog

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Jean Porter

John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame

Jean Porter is the John A. O’Brien Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Notre Dame. Her research focuses on the moral theory of Thomas Aquinas, seen in the context of his scholastic interlocutors, on the one hand, and contemporary moral philosophy and theology, on the other. She has written on scholastic theories of natural law, Thomisitc virtue theory, and philosophical and theological views on legal theory. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a past President of the Society of Christian Ethics.

Jean Porter on The Virtue Blog

June 5, 2017 Lecture, "What should we fear? Courage and cowardice in public life"

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Tahera Qutbuddin

Associate Professor of Arabic Literature, University of Chicago

Tahera Qutbuddin (Harvard University, PhD 1999) is Associate Professor of Arabic Literature at the University of Chicago. She has also taught at Yale University and the University of Utah. After school in India, she studied Arabic language and literature in Cairo (Ain Shams University, BA 1988 and Tamhidi Magister 1990). Her scholarship focuses on intersections of the literary, the religious, and the political in classical Arabic poetry and prose. She is the author of Al-Muʾayyad al-Shirazi and Fatimid Daʿwa Poetry: A Case of Commitment in Classical Arabic Literature (Leiden: Brill, 2005). She is also the editor and translator of A Treasury of Virtues: Sayings, Sermons, and Teachings of Ali compiled by al- Qadi al-Qudaʿi, with the One Hundred Proverbs attributed to al-Jahiz (NYU Press, 2013); and of A Light in the Heavens: Sayings of the Prophet Muhammad, facing page critical edition and translation of Kitāb al-Shihāb compiled by al-Qāḍī al-Quḍāʿī (d. 454/1062). Her current book project is Classical Arabic Oratory: Religion, Politics and Orality-Based Aesthetics of Public Address in the Early Islamic World, for which she was awarded a fellowship by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. She has published articles on the Qurʾan, Muhammad, the sermons of ʿAli ibn Abi Talib, Fatimid and Tayyibi literature, Arabic in India, and Islamic preaching. Her courses include Islamic thought and literature, pre-Islamic poetry, Abbasid poetry, al-Mutanabbi, Shia poetry, Arabic syntax, the Maqamat of Badiʿ al-Zaman al-Hamadhani, the khutbah and Nahj al-balaghah.

Tahera Qutbuddin on the Virtue Blog

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Robert C. Roberts

Professor of Ethics and Emotion Theory at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, and joint Chair with the Royal Institute of Philosophy

Robert C. Roberts is Professor of Ethics and Emotion Theory at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, and has a joint Chair with the Royal Institute of Philosophy. Professor Roberts received his Ph.D from Yale University in 1974 and has taught at Western Kentucky University (1973–1984), Wheaton College (1984–2000), and Baylor University (2000–2015), where he retains Resident Scholar status in the Institute for Studies of Religion. He has received research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and Notre Dame’s Center for Philosophy of Religion. He is currently a recipient, with Michael Spezio, of a grant from the Self, Motivation, and Virtue Project at the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing at the University of Oklahoma, for a study of Humility in Loving Encounter.

Robert C. Roberts on The Virtue Blog


David Shatz

Ronald P. Stanton University Professor of Philosophy, Ethics, and Religious Thought, Yeshiva University

Professor David Shatz is Ronald P. Stanton University Professor of Philosophy, Ethics, and Religious Thought, Yeshiva University, editor of The Torah u-Madda Journal, and editor of the MeOtzar HoRav series, devoted to publishing manuscripts of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. After graduating as valedictorian of Yeshiva College, Professor Shatz was ordained at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and earned his PhD with distinction in general philosophy from Columbia University. He has edited, co-edited, or authored 15 books and over 80 articles and reviews on general and Jewish philosophy. His work in general philosophy focuses on the theory of knowledge, free will, ethics, and the philosophy of religion, while his work in Jewish philosophy focuses on Jewish ethics, Maimonides, Judaism and science, and twentieth century rabbinic figures. A collection of his essays, JEWISH THOUGHT IN DIALOGUE, was published in 2009. Professor Shatz has been chosen five times as outstanding professor by the senior class at Stern, and was a winner in the John Templeton Foundation Course Competition in Science and Religion. He is a member of the Orthodox Forum steering committee and of the editorial board of Tradition. In recognition of his achievements as a scholar and teacher, he was awarded the Presidential Medallion at Yeshiva University, the first member of the various university faculties to receive this highest honor. In addition, a book concerning his life and thought will appear in The Library of Contemporary Jewish Philosophers, a series that the publisher, Brill, states "showcases outstanding Jewish thinkers who have made lasting contributions to constructive Jewish philosophy in the second half of the 20th century."

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Nancy Snow

Director of the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing, University of Oklahoma

Dr. Snow is Director of the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing at University of Oklahoma. She is the author of Virtue as Social Intelligence: An Empirically Grounded Theory (Routledge, 2010) and over thirty papers on virtue and ethics more broadly. She has also edited or co-edited five volumes: In the Company of Others: Perspectives on Community, Family, and Culture (Rowman & Littlefield 1996) Legal Philosophy: Multiple Perspectives (Mayfield, 1999), Stem Cell Research: New Frontiers in Science and Ethics (Notre Dame, 2004), The Philosophy and Psychology of Character and Happiness (Routledge 2014), and Cultivating Virtue: Perspectives from Philosophy, Theology, and Psychology (Oxford, 2014). She is currently revising a monograph on hope, writing one on virtue ethics and virtue epistemology, and co-authoring a book on virtue measurement.  She is the Associate Editor for Ethics and Philosophy of The Journal of Moral Education, and is co-directing the "Self, Motivation, and Virtue" project, funded primarily by the Templeton Religion Trust. 

Nancy Snow on The Virtue Blog

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Josef Stern

William H. Colvin Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Chicago

Josef Stern is the William H. Colvin Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Chicago and from 2009-14 he was Inaugural Director of the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies.  He received all his degrees from Columbia University and taught at Chicago since 1979, while visiting at Northwestern, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Bar-Ilan University (Israel), and the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he was the Gruss Professor of Jewish Law from 2002 to 2004.  In 2012 and 2014 he also held the Russell Berrie Visiting Professorship at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome.  Stern works in two distinct areas: contemporary philosophy of language and tenth to thirteenth century medieval philosophy, especially Jewish and Arabic philosophy and the philosophy of Moses Maimonides.  The recipient of fellowships and grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Franke Institute for Humanities, the Israel Science Foundation, the Lady Davis Foundation, and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, Stern is the author or editor of over 50 articles and five books, including Problems and Parables of Law: Maimonides and Nahmanides on Reasons for the Commandments (SUNY Press, 1998), Metaphor in Context (MIT Press, 2000), and The Matter and Form of Maimonides’ Guide (Harvard University Press, 2013), which was awarded the prize for the best philosophy book in the history of philosophy published in 2013 by the Journal of the History of Philosophy.  He is presently completing a book in the philosophy of language entitled Quotations and Pictures (MIT Press, forthcoming 2018) and two books on Maimonides, one on his philosophical interpretation of the Binding of Isaac (Gen. 22) and one on the epistemology of prophecy.  During 2017-18 he is a Senior Fellow at the Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies at the University of Hamburg, Germany.

Josef Stern on The Virtue Blog

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Mari Jyväsjärvi Stuart (through June 2016)

Assistant Professor, Religious Studies, University of South Carolina

 Mari Jyväsjärvi Stuart teaches and does research on the South Asian religious traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Her research focuses on the history of South Asian monastic and ascetic traditions, especially women’s participation in these traditions and the implications of gender for religious authority and spiritual capacity more broadly. In her recently completed book manuscript, she examines the rhetorical uses of gendered representations of monks and nuns in early medieval Buddhist and Jain commentaries. Besides these topics, her academic interests include the place of the human body in religious discourse and practice, religion and ecology, and religion and medicine. She received her doctorate from Harvard University in 2011, and taught South Asian religions at Reed College in Portland, Oregon for two years before joining the faculty at UofSC.

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Candace Vogler

Principal Investigator

Candace Vogler is the David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor of Philosophy and Professor in the College at the University of Chicago.  She has authored two books, John Stuart Mill's Deliberative Landscape: An essay in moral psychology (Routledge, 2001) and Reasonably Vicious (Harvard University Press, 2002), and essays in ethics, social and political philosophy, philosophy and literature, cinema, psychoanalysis, gender studies, sexuality studies, and other areas. Her research interests are in practical philosophy (particularly the strand of work in moral philosophy indebted to Elizabeth Anscombe), practical reason, Kant's ethics, Marx, and neo-Aristotelian naturalism. 

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Fr. Thomas Joseph White

Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies

Thomas Joseph White, O.P. completed his doctoral studies in theology at Oxford University, and entered the Order of Preachers in 2003. His research and teaching have focused particularly on topics related to Thomistic metaphysics and Christology as well as Roman Catholic-Reformed ecumenical dialogue. He is the author of Wisdom in the Face of Modernity: A Study in Thomistic Natural Theology (Sapientia Press, 2009), The Incarnate Lord: A Thomistic Study in Christology (The Catholic University of America Press, 2015), and Exodus (Brazos Press, 2016). He has edited several books, and is co-editor of the theological journal Nova et Vetera (English edition). In 2011 he was appointed an ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas.

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Paul T.P. Wong

Professor Emeritus, Trent University; Adjunct Professor, Saybrook University

Paul T. P. Wong, PhD, C.Psych is a Fellow of APA and CPA. He is President of the International Network on Personal Meaning (INPM) and the Meaning-Centered Counselling Institute. In addition to being the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy, he has edited two influential volumes on The Human Quest for Meaning (Routledge). A prolific writer, he is one of the most cited existential and positive psychologists. Since 2000, he has organized eight well-known and well attended Biannual International Meaning Conferences. He is the originator of Meaning Therapy, and he has been invited to give keynote addresses and meaning therapy workshops worldwide. He is the recent recipient of Carl Rogers Award from Div.32 (Humanistic Psychology) of APA.

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