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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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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 - Perseverance

Featured Virtue: Perseverance

Perseverance is the ability to stay the course when the path to one’s goals is covered with obstacles and/or barriers. As you age, the degree to which you persevere will determine not only the goals you accomplish but also the kind of goals you set.

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May 5 Virtue Forum Luncheon

Virtue Forum Luncheon - May 5

Emad Hasan will present at our final Virtue Forum Luncheon of the Spring semester on May 5th. His talk is titled, "Water Scarcity and Human Well-Being: How can Satellite Data Help?" Lunch will be provided for all registered attendees.

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Listen to Professor Linda Zagzebski's Podcast Interview on Exemplarism

Linda Zagzebski

Institute Leadership team member, Professor Linda Zagzebski, recently completed an interview with Dr. Robert Talisse for the New Books Network.

The interview focuses on Professor Zagzebski's new book, Exemplarist Moral Theory, published by Oxford University Press earlier this year.

Listen to the podcast