Virtues in Conflict: a Cross-Cultural Study of Virtue Dilemmas and their Resolution

In daily life, we often face tough choices between competing appeals to our goodwill – not just between being naughty or nice, but between multiple ways of doing good. In this study, a diverse team of scholars conducts a cross-cultural exploration of what these dilemmas are, how they are resolved in different cultural contexts and the cultural and ecological conditions influencing how people resolve them. The project brings together scholars in philosophy, anthropology, psychology and economics and involves fieldwork in 6 countries and 8 fieldsites around the world.

Related Project:
ASU Museum of Anthropology Exhibit: "Choosing the Good" (Feb. 8–May 25, 2012)

Team Members:

  • Daniel Hruschka, Arizona State University School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Principal Investigator
  • Joe Henrich, Co-Principal Investigator
  • Charles Efferson, Co-Principal Investigator
  • Ted Slingerland
  • Ting Jiang
  • Ashlan Falletta-Cowden, Arizona State University School of Human Evolution and Social Change
  • Sveinn Sigurdsson
  • Madeline Sands, Arizona State University School of Human Evolution and Social Change
  • Rita McNamara

Funding Sources:
University of Chicago
Science of Virtues ($215,000)

Partnerships:
University of British Columbia
University of Zurich