Non-Credit Course | Approaches to Virtue: Secular and Religious, Ancient and Modern

May 7, 2024
Gavin House
1220 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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This event is in-person only. Intended for university students, faculty, and staff. Others interested in attending please contact This non-credit course is cosponsored by the Hyde Park Institute and made possible through the support of ‘In Lumine: Supporting the Catholic Intellectual Tradition on Campuses Nationwide’ (Grant #62372) from the John Templeton Foundation.

Registrants are free to attend as many sessions as they choose. Sessions do not presuppose previous attendance or prior knowledge of the subject.

How is a human being made better? By an increase in knowledge? Through a discipline of habit? By a gift from the gods? Through the reformation of unjust social structures? By a better understanding of the human mind’s rational and irrational impulses?

In this non-credit course, esteemed scholars from the University of Chicago will consider a variety of answers to the question of how one can grow in virtue. They will investigate multiple philosophical and theological perspectives in the intellectual history of the moral life.

Each session will be devoted to the thought of an individual thinker or perspective. 


April 9th: Aristotle

  • with Gabriel Lear (Chair of the Committee on Social Thought, Professor of Philosophy and in the Committee on Social Thought)

April 16th: Thomas Aquinas

  • with Fr. Stephen Brock (Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago; Ordinary Professor of Medieval Philosophy at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross)

April 23rd: Machiavelli

  • with Hanna Gray (Professor of History Emerita at the University of Chicago; former President of the University of Chicago)

April 30th: Medicine and Virtue

  • with Kathryn Rowland (Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, Section of Pediatric Surgery, at the University of Chicago)

May 7th: Wisdom

  • with Howard Nusbaum (Director and Founder of the Chicago Center for Practical Wisdom and Stella M. Rowley Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago)


Tuesdays, April 9-May 7
6:00pm: Dinner
6:30pm: Presentation