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

Choosing the Good exhibit poster

This project applies various research fields to an examination of how people around the world make decisions when presented with multiple ways of doing good.

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)

 

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

Partnerships:
University of British Columbia
University of Zurich

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