Virtue Talk podcast: “achieving the highest form of happiness” – Josef Stern

Click the link below to hear our scholar and philosopher Josef Stern discuss Jewish medieval philosophy, his approach as a skeptical reader of Maimonides, multiple levels of meaning into the Akedah or “binding of Isaac”, and how he anticipates  working with scholars in our project across the fields of  philosophy, theology, and psychology will impact … Continue reading Virtue Talk podcast: “achieving the highest form of happiness” – Josef Stern

Scholarship of Self-Transcendence

This article originally appeared in Tableau, the Division of the Humanities at the University of Chicago’s quarterly publication, as Scholarship of Self-Transcendence: Candace Vogler leads a search for the meaning of life by Courtney C. W. Guerra.   Candace Vogler, the David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor in Philosophy, is invested in her fellow human … Continue reading Scholarship of Self-Transcendence

Two Moments in the Biography of Holiness (Qedushah)

We’re presenting a short series of abstracts of the work-in-progress our scholars will present and discuss at their June 2017 Working Group Meeting. Josef Stern is the William H. Colvin Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Chicago and from 2009-14 he was Inaugural Director of the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies.  Holiness is … Continue reading Two Moments in the Biography of Holiness (Qedushah)

Questions our scholars are asking – part 2 of 2

  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 … Continue reading Questions our scholars are asking – part 2 of 2

23 questions our scholars are asking

The guiding idea of our research is that virtue is the cultivation of a self-transcendent orientation that is necessary for deep happiness and a sense of meaning in one’s life. Our project constructs self-transcendence through collaborative scholarly work in 3 fields: Religious Studies & Theology, Empirical Psychology, and Philosophy. One key innovation of our project is that rather … Continue reading 23 questions our scholars are asking