Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Grant Funds Multidisciplinary Study of Virtue

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Grant Funds Multidisciplinary Study of Virtue

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Earlier this year, professors from two Catholic universities received a $2.6 million grant that will bring together experts from different academic disciplines to explore new and compelling ways of measuring virtue.

Over a three-year period, Nancy Snow, professor of philosophy at Marquette University, and Darcia Narvaez, professor of psychology at the University of Notre Dame, will co-direct "The Self, Motivation & Virtue Project.- This initiative will use the grant to fund approximately 10 interdisciplinary research projects on virtue, character and the development of the moral self.

A Marquette news release quoted Snow saying, "Many approaches to the study of character and virtue consider personality to be foundational to character and virtue. Our project hypothesizes that the self is the site of virtue. ... We will also look at the development of virtue in the emerging person--what happens as we grow up and develop into people."

The initiative will use $1.9 million of the grant to support projects "to stimulate new research on the self as the possessor of virtue," according to its website, www.marquette.edu/smvproject.

Each team must have both a humanist and a scientist involved from inception to completion.

"What we're trying to do is to stretch people, to look for ways in which they can innovate methodologically, say through the use of new technology" Snow told NCR. "Maybe there's somebody in the medical humanities who could partner up with the psychologist to do a proposal studying how the experience of illness can impact the development of virtue. ... There are any range of possibilities out there."

Snow and Narvaez posted a request for proposals on the project website. A core project team of internationally recognized scholars will help review grant applications. Grants for research will last from September 2015 to May 2017. …

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