We’ve distilled our Scholars’ research for this semester into respective questions; click here to take a look at the questions posted yesterday. In forthcoming posts, we’ll feature in-depth look at each. For now, we thought our readers would enjoy pondering each question. Together, they can read as a kind of meditation on the inter-relatedness of virtue, happiness, and deep meaning in life.
When and why are people accurate or inaccurate predictors of their own future feelings?
~Heather C. Lench, Texas A&M University
What roles do stories, social identities, and value pursuits play in the ways people understand their lives to have meaning?
~Dan P. McAdams, Northwestern University
How do we get people to abandon the notions of human separation from, and superiority to, nature?
~ Darcia Narvaez, University of Notre Dame
Do the fundamental human capacities for desire and aversion possess a rational structure, and can a Thomistic understanding of virtue help us understand it?
~Jean Porter, University of Notre Dame
Is it better to put the existence of evil out of our minds, or focus on how to respond to it?
~David Shatz, Yeshiva University
Should one die for God, and if so, under what conditions?
~Josef Stern, University of Chicago
What is the role of religious freedom in the context of the modern, non-confessional state?
~Father Thomas Joseph White, Thomistic Institute, Dominican House of Studies
How do we differentiate between positive and negative varieties of self-transcendence?
~Paul T.P. Wong, Trent University