The Virtue Blog

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By fostering intensive collaboration between philosophers, religious thinkers, and psychologists, we investigate whether self-transcendence helps to make ordinary cultivation and exercise of virtue a source of deep happiness and meaning in human life.

Our blog,, features converstions, video, audio, and other discussions about and with our scholars' research into self-transcendence, virtue, and happiness. Recent posts include Jaime Hovey's piece about Frederick Douglass and civic virtue, psychologist Katherine Kinzler on early childhood food preferences as indicators of social learning (Virtue Talk podcast), and an exploration of sacrifice and self-trancendence in Leo Tolstoy's character Ivan Ilyich by our PI and philosopher Jennifer A. Frey.