Past Programs 2017-12-07T19:41:01+00:00


Chicago Moral Philosophy Project 2017

  The Project: Spring 2017 The visiting scholar for spring 2017 is Anselm Mueller . Professor Mueller’s reading group, co-led with Rev. Stephen R. Brock, will be on Free Will. Professor Mueller’s graduate-undergraduate course is Ethics of Anscombe and meets Tu&Th 9-10:20 in Social Sciences 401. Course Description: Elizabeth Anscombe has deeply influenced moral philosophy since the publication of her book Intention and the article “Modern Moral Philosophy.” The rise of contemporary Virtue Ethics is only one indication of [...]

Speaking of Character (with Anne Snyder, David Brooks, and Candace Vogler)

Program Description:       Many different cultures treat developing good character as one of the central challenges in human life. Your character draws together strengths that help you to pursue and promote good reasonably, avoid bad responsibly, and participate in the collective movements toward common good that shape the social world in which you find yourself. Good character is, as one says, a proof against rewards--a good person does not, for instance, betray her [...]

Virtue, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life

Principally funded through a grant from the John G. Templeton Foundation, the Virtue, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life project is an international collaboration between philosophers, religious thinkers, and psychologists. The project investigates whether self-transcendence—a connection to something beyond a person’s own immediate concerns, e.g., to one’s family, one’s spiritual practice, or one’s work for social justice—is part of living a happier, more meaningful life. The Hyde Park Institute will co-sponsor the project’s 2017 Summer [...]

Emerging Scholars Cohort in Bioethics

The Emerging Scholars Cohort in Bioethics is a yearlong program in which a select group of students will interact with exemplar physician-scholars and consider what it means to be a good health care clinician, understood to involve more than mere technical competence. Members of the cohort will participate in a 2-day, intensive seminar and a series of lectures. Discussion of the seminar and lecture topics will continue over arranged dinners with the invited speakers. Throughout [...]

"Even now, in an age not much given to mysticism, there are people who ask 'What is the meaning of life?' Not a few of them make the simple…assumption that there is something to be known here….. And most of those same people make the equally unguarded assumption that the whole issue of life's meaning presupposes some positive answer to the question whether it can be plainly and straightforwardly true that this or that thing or activity or pursuit is good, has value, or is worth something. Finally…they suppose that questions like that of life's meaning must be among the central questions of moral philosophy."

David Wiggins, Truth, Invention, and the Meaning of Life," in Needs, Values, Truth (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998), p. 87