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Unlocking the mystery of virtue How does one become a virtuous person? Philosophers, psychologists, anthropologists, theologians, neuroscientists and other scholars from around the world have been invited to explore that question as part of a landmark new project at Marquette. Dr. Nancy Snow, professor and acting chair of philosophy in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, is co-director of the Self, Motivation and Virtue Project, along with Dr. Darcia Narvaez, a professor of psychology at the University of Notre Dame. The project’s three-year $2.6 million grant from the Templeton Religion Trust is Marquette’s largest humanities grant to date. “The grant’s focus aligns very well with Marquette’s values,” Snow says. “It’s important because we

are a Jesuit institution and formation of the person is a big deal for us.” The project’s scope is ambitious: It provides seed funding for 10 new interdisciplinary research projects, as well as a Moral Self Research Group, interdisciplinary conferences with international scholars, a project website and several books. Snow has been fascinated by virtue ethics for the past decade. “The study of virtue has really taken off in the past

By Nicole Sweeney Etter

Learn more about the Self, Motivation and Virtue Project at mu.edu/smvproject.

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