Eudaimonic Growth: How Virtues and Motives Shape the Narrative Self and Its Development within a Social Ecology


This transdisciplinary study will examine how the narration of self, motivation, and eudaimonic virtues like wisdom and compassion develop within a social ecology of family master narratives and social institutions that either foster or constrain the development of such virtues. Drawing from a larger, longitudinal study of character development and life stories in adulthood, we will interview individuals and their families about virtue-relevant events in life, such as conflicts of belief, virtue-focused projects and activities, and self- and family-defining memories. Narratives will be analyzed qualitatively and critically as well as quantitatively and in relation to other measures of eudaimonic and personal development. We expect that specific virtues will serve as motivational themes in personal and family stories and that these narrative themes will predict specific paths of virtuous self-development. We further expect that specific inequalities in family and social-institutional contexts will correspond to specific conflicts in the development of eudaimonic qualities in individuals’ lives.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 92,075

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

  • Only published works are available at libraries.

Similar books and articles

The social virtues: Two accounts. [REVIEW]S. Goldberg - 2009 - Acta Analytica 24 (4):237-248.
Key virtues of the psychotherapist : a eudaimonic view.Blaine J. Fowers & Emily Winakur - 2014 - In S. van Hooft, N. Athanassoulis, J. Kawall, J. Oakley & L. van Zyl (eds.), The handbook of virtue ethics. Durham: Acumen Publishing.
Mill on Happiness.S. Evan Kreider - 2010 - Philosophical Papers 39 (1):53-68.
Virtues in Xunzi's Thought.Jonathan W. Schofer - 1993 - Journal of Religious Ethics 21 (1):117 - 136.
Virtues and Practices.David Miller - 1984 - Analyse & Kritik 6 (1):49-60.
Virtue and the Practice of Medicine.Paul E. Hoyt-O’Connor - 2004 - International Philosophical Quarterly 44 (1):79-94.
Sources of Virtue.Bill Shaw - 1997 - Business Ethics Quarterly 7 (1):33-50.
Stereotype threat and intellectual virtue.Mark Alfano - 2014 - In Owen Flanagan & Abrol Fairweather (eds.), Naturalizing Virtue. Cambridge University Press. pp. 155-74.


Added to PP

43 (#370,697)

6 months
1 (#1,474,534)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Peggy DesAutels
University of Dayton

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references