Developing Virtues in the Practice of Science

Dates: Jan 02, 2016 – Jun 30, 2019
Prinicipal Investigators: Celia Deane-Drummond, Darcia Narvaez, and Thomas Stapleford
Support: Templeton Religion Trust; University of Notre Dame

Developing Virtues in the Practice of Science

Project Aim

  • To investigate the virtues cultivated by scientific practice, namely, the cognitive, behavioral, and emotional dispositions to act in ways that advance the good of the individual and a given community.

Project Activities

  • Colloquium at the University Notre Dame
  • Colloquium at Durham University
  • Workshop at the University of Notre Dame
  • Conference at the Notre Dame London Global Gateway
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • Graduate Student Fellowships

Project Summary

The project team of faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students from a variety of fields – psychology, anthropology, philosophy, theology, and history – uses broad surveys and intensive ethnographic studies to examine dispositions correlated with laboratory research in biology. Drawing on existing literature and original research, the team considers how these dispositions might sustain or impede human flourishing in both science and other contexts, including familial, religious, and civic communities. A smaller study of musical ensembles provides a contrasting look at highly-trained, cooperative teamwork in a non-scientific field. Research will be conducted at both the University of Notre Dame and Durham University. 

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