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Self, Motivation, and Virtue
Innovative Interdisciplinary Research

ISBN 9781032177434
Published September 30, 2021 by Routledge
220 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume features new findings by nine interdisciplinary teams of researchers on the topics of self, motivation, and virtue. Nine chapters bringing together scholars from the fields of philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, and sociology advance our substantive understanding of these important topics, and showcase a variety of research methods of interdisciplinary interest.

Essays on Buddhism and the self in the context of romantic relationships, the development of personal projects and virtue, the notion of self-distancing and its moral impact, virtues as self-integrated traits, humility and the self in loving encounter, the importance of nation and faith in motivating virtue in western and non-western countries, roles for the self and virtue in eudaimonic growth, overcoming spiritual violence and sacramental shame in Christian communities, and an investigation into the moral self highlight the range and diversity of topics explored in this volume. The concept of deep integration also characterizes this work: each member of the interdisciplinary teams was fully and equally invested in their project from inception to completion. This approach invites teams to examine their disciplinary assumptions, rethink familiar concepts, and adjust methodologies in order to view their topics with fresh eyes.

The result is not only new findings of substantive and methodological interest, but also an interesting glimpse into the thinking of the researchers as they sought interdisciplinary common ground in their research. Self, Motivation, and Virtue will be of interest to scholars in philosophy, moral psychology, neuroscience, and sociology who are working on these topics.

Table of Contents


Nancy E. Snow and Darcia Narvaez

1. Self, Motivation, and Virtue or: How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Deep Integration

Moin Syed, Colin G. DeYoung, and Valerie Tiberius

2. Expansive Interdisciplinarity and the Moral Self

Javier Gomez-Lavin, Jesse Prinz, Nina Strohminger, Shaun Nichols

3. The Virtues of Interdisciplinary Research: Psychological and Philosophical Inquiry into Self, Motivation, and Virtue

Blaine J. Fowers, and Bradford Cokelet

4: Virtue and Self-Distancing

Warren Herold, Walter Sowden, and Ethan Kross

5. Admiring Moral Exemplars: Sketch of an Ethical Sub-Discipline

Robert Roberts and Michael Spezio

6. Achieving Deep Integration Across Disciplines: A Process Lens on Investigating Human Flourishing

Christine D. Wilson-Mendenhall, John Dunne, and Paul Condon

7. Toward an Integrated Psychology and Philosophy of Good Life Stories

Jack J. Bauer and Peggy DesAutels

8. Reflections on our Sociological-Philosophical Study of the Self, Motivation, and Virtue among LGBTI Conservative Christians and their Allies

Theresa W. Tobin and Dawne Moon

9. Integrating ‘Cultures of Reasoning’: Interdisciplinary Research on Motivating the Self to Wisdom and Virtue

Ricca Edmondson, Michel Ferrari, Monika Ardelt, and Hyeyoung Bang

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Nancy E. Snow is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing at the University of Oklahoma. She is the author of Virtue as Social Intelligence: An Empirically Grounded Theory, and more than 45 papers on ethics. She has edited The Oxford Handbook of Virtue.

Darcia Narvaez is Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame. One of her recent books, Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture, and Wisdom won the 2015 William James Book Award from the American Psychological Association and the 2017 Expanded Reason Award.


"These chapters summarize the research findings from the incredibly successful Self, Motivation, and Virtue Project. The book is must reading for anyone working in the areas of character and moral psychology."Christian B. Miller, A.C. Reid Professor of Philosophy, Wake Forest University, USA