Aretai – Center on Virtues is an interdisciplinary research center that gathers scholars from several Italian universities and establishes research collaborations and partnerships with international research centers or institutes, such as the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing (ISHE) at University of Oklahoma (link), the Jubilee Center for Character and Virtues at University of Birmingham, and the Virtue, Happiness, & the Meaning of Life Project at University of Chicago.
The broad goal of Aretai, the first center on virtues in continental Europe, is that of developing philosophical research on what it means to flourish and be fulfilled as human beings. The center aims also to provide insights into how to foster virtue in education as well as to promote empirical studies on virtues. Therefore, philosophers, psychologists, and linguists who have joined the center work together at Aretai’s projects. The center promotes academic research as well as public events related to education, organizes seminars and conferences, funds research scholarships, etc.