Reimagining the Common Good


What is the Meaning Behind These Categories?

These categories are intended to orient you to the substance of the article and to communicate our framework for understanding the endowments that constitute civic life. This “human ecology” model is at the core of the Thriving Cities Project, a research initiative of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.


The True

Vocation, Virtue, and Roger Federer

An introduction to this week’s Culture Briefing, which includes reflections on vocation, virtue, the nature of professions, and Roger Federer.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 6

The Prosperous

In Professions We Trust

A policy-oriented deep dive on the need to cultivate virtue in the professions of law, medicine, and teaching.

By Blond, Antonacopoulou, & Pabst | Vol. 6

The True

Stanford's Most Popular Class...

Universities like Stanford are increasingly aware of the fact that the accumulation of technical skill must come with some moral horizon, some sense of one’s vocation.

By Ainsley O’Connell | Vol. 6

The Good

The Project on the Good Physician

This ongoing study—undertaken by the Program on Medicine and Religion at the University of Chicago—explores the relation of moral formation, virtue, and medical practice.

By Curlin, Yoon and Rasinski | Vol. 6

The Beautiful

Roger Federer as Religious Experience

In this nearly decade-old piece, David Foster Wallace offers an exquisite and earnest reflection on the glimpses of transcendence we see in sports.

By David Foster Wallace | Vol. 6

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