The Hyde Park Institute is an independent research center that promotes the understanding of moral thought, feeling, and action in a fully human life, as these inform interaction among persons and institutions in a free and open society. The Institute seeks to enhance the role of moral philosophy in liberal arts undergraduate education, in graduate education in the humanities and sciences, and in professional education in medicine, law, and business. The Hyde Park Institute’s support of curriculum and research at all levels should tend to the development of leaders inside and outside the academy who are equipped to take on social and political responsibilities by bringing moral discernment and sound judgment to the challenges they will face. It does this by sponsoring academic research, supporting curricular initiatives, and offering educational programming for undergraduates, graduate students, university faculty members, and professionals in a variety of industries.
"We need prudence or practical wisdom for any large-scale worthy enterprise, just as health and sanity are needed. We need justice to secure cooperation and mutual trust… without which our lives would be nasty, brutish, and short. We need temperance in order not to be deflected from our long-term and large-scale goals by seeking short-term satisfactions. And we need courage in order to persevere in the face of setbacks, weariness, difficulties, and dangers."