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Department of Philosophy

Templeton Grant: Virtue, Happiness, and Meaning of Life.

Jennifer Frey, along with Candance Vogler of the University of Chicago, and hosts of collaborators, have embarked on a $2.1million-funded research project to explore relationships between virtue, happiness, and the meaning of life.

Prof. Jennifer Frey and Candace Vogler (of the University of Chicago) have received a grant from the John Templeton Foundation entitled “Virtue, Happiness, and Meaning of Life.” The project will be jointly hosted by the Neubauer Family Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago and the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina. The funding from the Templeton Foundation is $2.1million, with additional support from other institutions, including the Universities of South Carolina and Chicago, the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, the Jacques Maritain Center at the University of Notre Dame, and the Lumen Christi Institute in Chicago.

The grant will involve faculty and graduate students from multiple disciplines, including philosophy, religious studies, and psychology. The groups will be involved in several collaborative activities, and there will also be major public lectures.  There is a web site with much information here:

Yep, philosophers really do sometimes ask the really big questions. Congratulations Jennifer!

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.