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"We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education."

– Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The Purpose of Education,” 1947 

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To flourish means to live well, to thrive. We believe that humans flourish when they develop to their fullest potential as rational and moral creatures living in healthy communities.

What is Virtue?

We offer a variety of funding opportunities, from postdoctoral and dissertation fellowships to OU course development stipends.


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We sponsor lectures regularly throughout the semester. View videos of our Last Lectures, Welcome Lectures, Headliner Lectures and more.  


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Our Mission

The mission of the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing is to advance the science of virtue and to promote the flourishing of OU Students and all Oklahomans. Learn more

Featured Virtue: Love of Learning

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Love of learning includes both the desire to acquire knowledge and delight in achieving it. It includes curiosity about the world and a proper regard for the difficulty of careful inquiry.
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Virtue Forum Luncheon (Oct 20)

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Join us for our next Virtue Forum Luncheon on October 20th, with Dr. Jacob Goodson (Southwestern College). A complimentary lunch will be provided for all registered attendees. Please register by October 13th.

A "Last Lecture" with Professor Linda Zagzebski

Linda Zagzebski's Last Lecture

“I believe two great ideas underlie almost all of the intellectual and cultural achievements of human civilization. I will tell a story about the origin of these two ideas and how their relationship eventually changed, leading to a battle for dominance between them that has never been resolved.”


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