A two day workshop was held July 14-17, 2016 at the Graylyn International Conference Center in Winston-Salem, NC. The workshop occurred shortly after the Morally Exceptional RFP (Request for Proposal) Funding Competition winners were announced and was designed to provide interdisciplinary feedback to each winner. The conference consisted of three simultaneous tracks of interdisciplinary workshops: Psychology, Theology and Philosophy. The winners interacted in small groups, presenting their planned project and then receiving interdisciplinary feedback about the direction of the project.
The Beacon Project is a three-year initiative funded by a $3.9 million grant from the Templeton Religon Trust Foundation to find and define the morally exceptional and better understand how to improve moral character. Professor of Psychology William Fleeson heads the project team including Michael Furr, professor of psychology, Eranda Jayawickreme, assistant professor of psychology, Christian B. Miller, professor of philosophy and Angela Knobel, associate professor of philosophy at Catholic University of America.
The purpose of the workshop was threefold:
(1) provide rich feedback to the Principal Investigators (PI) before beginning their projects;
(2) infuse interdisciplinary concerns into all projects; and
(3) create a professional network of scholars working on the morally exceptional who would interact with each other in the coming years.
From the Beacon Team – More information on the RFP:
Wake Forest University, with the help of a generous grant from The Templeton Religion Trust, welcomed proposals for three funding initiatives in the fields of Psychology, Philosophy and Theology. We aim to support young scholars working on the study of moral exceptionality, who often have new and interesting ideas but who have not yet benefitted from traditional funding sources. We believe the field is in a state of readiness for a study of the morally exceptional, but what is needed is a significant infusion of resourced scholars, networked in a carefully managed way, to transform readiness into reality.