Research

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Researching Character

To inform our practical programme and advance academic knowledge, we are conducting a multi-year research project in character and moral formation.

In collaboration with the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics, and Public Life, a research institute at the University of Oxford, the Oxford Character Project is conducting theoretical and empirical research on character and moral formation, investigating and formulating postgraduate-specific accounts of character development, and using quantitative and qualitative tools to measure and improve practical programming. We intend to publish academic articles, chapters, and books that disseminate the results of our research.

By integrating high-level academic research and practical programming, Oxford Character Project also intends to develop a curriculum for postgraduate character development, which can be implemented by other universities, professional schools, and educational institutions around the world.

Research Projects

  • Cultivating Virtue in the University primary image

    Cultivating Virtue in the University

    While moral formation has historically been one of the university’s central purposes, universities in the modern era have become shy of intentionally shaping the character of their students.

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Publications and Bibliography

Recent Publications by Members of The Oxford Character Project

  • 'A Passion and Its Virtue: Aquinas on Hope and Magnanimity'  primary image

    Michael Lamb

    'A Passion and Its Virtue: Aquinas on Hope and Magnanimity'

    Mohr Siebeck, 2015

    An article within the edited volume 'Hope' ed. by Ingolf U. Dalferth and Marlene A. Block

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Select bibliography on character, virtue, and moral formation

  •  Theory of Virtue: Excellence in Being for the Good primary image

    Robert Merrihew Adams

    Theory of Virtue: Excellence in Being for the Good

    Oxford University Press, 2006

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  • Intelligent Virtue primary image

    Julia Annas

    Intelligent Virtue

    Oxford University Press, 2011

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  • The Morality of Happiness primary image

    Julia Annas

    The Morality of Happiness

    Oxford University Press, 1993

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  • The Road to Character primary image

    David Brooks

    The Road to Character

    Allen Lane, 2015

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  • Virtue: NOMOS XXXIV primary image

    John W. Chapman and William A. Galston, eds.

    Virtue: NOMOS XXXIV

    New York University Press, 1992

  • How Should One Live? Essays on the Virtues primary image

    Roger Crisp, ed.

    How Should One Live? Essays on the Virtues

    Oxford University Press, 1996

  • Virtue Ethics primary image

    Roger Crisp and Michael Slote, eds.

    Virtue Ethics

    Oxford University Press, 1997

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  • Putting on Virtue: The Legacy of the Splendid Vices primary image

    Jennifer Herdt

    Putting on Virtue: The Legacy of the Splendid Vices

    Chicago University Press, 2008

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  • On Virtue Ethics primary image

    Rosalind Hurthouse

    On Virtue Ethics

    Oxford University Press, 1999

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  • Thinking about Leadership primary image

    Nannerl O. Keohane

    Thinking about Leadership

    Princeton University Press, 2010

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  • After Virtue, 2nd Edition primary image

    Alasdair MacIntyre

    After Virtue, 2nd Edition

    University of Notre Dame Press, 1984

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  • Moral Character: An Empirical Theory primary image

    Christian Miller

    Moral Character: An Empirical Theory

    Oxford University Press, 2013

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  • Character and Moral Psychology primary image

    Christian Miller

    Character and Moral Psychology

    Oxford University Press, 2014

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  • Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing primary image

    Barry Schwartz and Kenneth Sharpe

    Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing

    Riverhead Books, 2010

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  • Virtues and Their Vices primary image

    Kevin Timpe and Craig Boyd, ed

    Virtues and Their Vices

    Oxford University Press, 2014

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  • Virtues of the Mind: An Inquiry into the Nature of Virtue and the Ethical Foundations of Knowledge primary image

    Linda Trinkaus Zagzebski

    Virtues of the Mind: An Inquiry into the Nature of Virtue and the Ethical Foundations of Knowledge

    Cambridge University Press, 1996

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