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Anthropologist and Theologian Awarded $1.8 Million Grant to Study Human Distinctiveness

Author: Carrie Gates

Celia Deane-Drummond

With a $1.8 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation, two Notre Dame professors will co-direct the Human Distinctiveness Project, seeking to advance research at the intersection of theology and evolutionary anthropology. The three-year project will support training for theologians in evolutionary and archaeological anthropology, as well as research on the evolution of wisdom.

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"Developing Virtues in the Practice of Science" Project Receives $3.1 Million Grant from Templeton Religion Trust

Author: Emily Hammock

“Developing Virtues in the Practice of Science” marks the first multidisciplinary investigation into the dispositions cultivated by scientific practice. Supported by a $3.1 million grant from the Templeton Religion Trust, this project will focus on identifying virtues among laboratory scientists — that  is, cognitive, behavioral, and emotional dispositions to act in ways that advance the good of both the individual and a given community. Over a three-year period, the project team (including psychologists, anthropologists, philosophers, theologians, and historians) will use broad surveys and intensive ethnographic studies to examine the dispositions that are correlated with laboratory research in biology. Drawing on existing literature and original research, the team will also consider how these dispositions might sustain or impede human flourishing in both science and other contexts, including familial, religious, and civic communities. Furthermore, a smaller study of musical ensembles will provide a contrasting look at highly-trained, cooperative teamwork in a non-scientific field. We anticipate that this project will generate significant transdisciplinary research, such as spurring theological and philosophical reflection on the virtues in new and perhaps unexpected ways.…

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