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SMV Project | 2015 Interdisciplinary Moral Forum

2015 Interdisciplinary Moral Forum

2015 Interdisciplinary Moral Forum

The Interdisciplinary Moral Forum (IMF), held on March 12-14, 2015, brought together 57 moral self researchers from around the world and from multiple disciplines. It was held at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Participants included two members from each semi-finalist research team, members of the Core Project Team, and other interested members of the Marquette and Milwaukee academic communities.

The IMF had two chief purposes. First, it provided an opportunity for the Core Project Team to evaluate the semi-finalist research proposals. Second, it launched the Moral Self Network, an interdisciplinary and international network of scholars focused on the topics of the self, motivation and virtue. This network functions as a support to our funded research teams and a resource for other moral self researchers.


Quick Stats

  • 30 Presentations
  • 57 Researchers, representing…
  • 12 Countries
  • 32 U.S. Institutions
  • 12 International Institutions
  • Sponsored by the Templeton Religion Trust

Conference Presentations

Friday, March 13, 2015

  • “The Soldier Returned Home: Trauma, Virtue, and the Narrative Self”
    • PI: Keith Cox, Ph.D.
  • “The Peaceful Self: An Interdisciplinary Window on Motivation of Virtue”
    • PI: Peter Verbeek, Ph.D.
  • “Mindfulness, Creativity, Embodiment and the Cultivation of Self: An East Asian Perspective”
    • PI: Ram Mahalingam, Ph.D.
  • “Theatrical Intervention as a Pathway to Moral Virtue Development” | Video | Slides
    • PI: Lijuan (Peggy) Wang, Ph.D.
  • “Giving from the Heart: The Role of the Heart and the Brain in Virtuous Motivation and Integrity”
    • PI: Christina Karns, Ph.D.
  • “Virtues as Properly Motivated, Self-integrated Traits” | Video | Slides & Abstract
    • PI: Blaine Fowers, Ph.D.
  • “Personal Projects and the Development of Virtue: How Characteristic Adaptations Enact and Encourage Virtue” | Video | Slides & Abstract
    • PI: Colin DeYoung, Ph.D.
  • “Self-Transcendence, Virtue and Happiness: A Psychological Investigation of Buddhist Perspectives on the Self and Well-Being” | Video | Slides & Abstract
    • PI: Pelin Kesebir, Ph.D.
  • “‘Jihad,’ what’s happening with this virtue?” | Video | Slides & Abstract
    • PI: Mirra Milla, Ph.D.
  • “Self as a Minority: Perceptions and Presentations of Well-Being, Efficacy, Creativity and Empathy”
    • PI: Girija Kaimal, Ed.D.
  • “Understanding the Virtue-Relevant Self through Courage” | Video | Slides & Abstract
    • PI: Cynthia Pury, Ph.D.
  • “Investigating Implicit Aspects of Virtue: Understanding Humility Among Moral Exemplars” | Video | Slides & Abstract
  • PI: James Van Slyke, Ph.D.


  • “Development of the moral self: A comparison of Protestant rural dwellers in the Netherlands and Hindu rural dwellers in South India”
    • PI: Pien Bos, Ph.D.
  • “Humility in Loving Encounter: Ontological and Cognitive-Motivational Models of the Moral Self in Stable Communities of Care, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation”
    • PI: Michael Spezio, Ph.D.
  • “Development of Human Values and Virtues: An Empirical Investigation of a Philosophical Debate”
    • PI: Ariel Knafo, Ph.D.


Saturday, March 14, 2015

  • “Eudaimonic Growth: How Virtues and Motives Shape the Narrative Self and Its Development within a Social Ecology” | Video | Slides & Abstract
  • PI: Jack Bauer, Ph.D.


  • “Encircling the Confucian Self”
    • PI: Ryan Nichols, Ph.D.
  • “The Motivation to Love: Overcoming Spiritual Violence and Sacramental Shame in Christian Churches” | Video | Slides & Abstract


  • PI: Dawne Moon, Ph.D.



  • PI: Monima Chadha, Ph.D.
  • “Existential Feelings in Virtue: A Philosophical-Psychological Investigation” | Video | Slides & Abstract

    • PI: Daniel Sullivan, Ph.D.
  • “When the Virtuous Community and the Virtuous Individual Collide in the Creation of Virtuous Selves”
    • PI: Janine Jones, Ph.D.
  • “Self and Desire as Seeds of Virtue: A Buddhist-inspired Multi-method Investigation” | Video | Slides & Abstract

    • PI: Paul Condon, Ph.D.
  • “The Transformation of the Self: Competing Moral Repertoires in Modern Java” | Video | Slides & Abstract

    • PI: Christopher Candland, Ph.D.
  • “Investigating the Moral Self” | Video | Slides & Abstract

    • PI: Jesse Prinz, Ph.D.
  • “Motivating Virtuous Selves: The Impact of Gender and Culture” | Video | Slides & Abstract

    • PI: Roxanne Raine, Ph.D.
  • “The Virtue of Self-Distancing” | Video | Slides & Abstract
    • PI: Warren Herold, Ph.D.
  • “The Neuroscience of Habituated Motivation” | Video | Slides & Abstract

    • PI: Alberto Masala, Ph.D.
  • “The gestation of virtue: An examination of how experiences in the womb may build the moral self” | Video | Slides & Abstract

    • PI: Rodolfo Cortes Barragan, PhD Candidate
  • “Self-Control: The Linking of Self, Motivation, and Virtue” | Video | Slides & Abstract

    • PI: Jennifer Wright, Ph.D.
  • “Motivating the Self to Virtue in Western and non-Western Countries: Does nation or faith matter more?” | Video | Slides & Abstract

    • PI: Michel Ferrari, Ph.D.