Wisdom, and the cultivation and exercise of strengths of character like courage, temperance, justice, generosity, humility, gratitude, and compassion—virtues—have been taken to be crucial to human flourishing.  In this talk, psychologist Howard Nusbaum and philosopher Candace Vogler looked at various forms of self-transcendence that provide contexts in which the exercise of virtue in daily life can operate as a source of a sense of purpose or meaning and a source of happiness. They also examined the wisdom that belongs to ordinary human flourishing and requires a deep sense of both humility and social connection
Howard C. Nusbaum is a professor at the University of Chicago in the Department of Psychology and its College, and a steering committee member of the Neuroscience Institute. Candace Vogler is the David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor of Philosophy and Professor in the College at the University of Chicago, and Director and Co-PI of the project "Virtue, Happiness, & the Meaning of Life."


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