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

Project Aim

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  • 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

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. This project was funded by the Templeton Religion Trust and was a part of the Center for Theology, Science, and Human Flourishing at the University of Notre Dame.