Testing Patience



“So long as our civic life is fraught with hopes that are commonly disappointed, ideals compromised and diluted in the process  of realization, so long, that is, as our politics are not utopian, a patience will be needed to carry on that is grounded in a sense of the good of public life as objects of service rather than brute appropriation.”

-Eamon Callan

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Testing Patience:  Philosophical Prelude to Interdisciplinary Study
Three questions guide our research

1.  What are viable philosophical conceptions of patience and what makes it a virtue? 

2.  What is the relation between philosophical conceptions of patience the virtue and constructs operationalized in social science research? 

3.  What types of empirical studies could be conducted to impact philosophical understanding of patience? 

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Patience Lecture Series:

May 3, 2024
Sukaina Hirji (U Penn)

Dr. Sukaina Hirji, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, delivered a lecture at Baylor University on May 3, 2024 at 2:30 pm as part of our lecture series on the philosophy of patience. Hirji’s talk is entitled, “Empathy, Forgiveness, and the Limits of the Retributive Stance.”

“Like millions of her fans, you might be waiting impatiently for Taylor Swift’s new album, The Tortured Poets Department, to drop. As the big release date draws near, are you growing more impatient, less or roughly the same?”

Dr. Christian Miller explains the latest research on how patience becomes more elusive the closer we get to our goals here.

Journal of the American Philosophical Association - The American  Philosophical Association

With the support of the Testing Patience grant, Dr. Christian Miller and Dr. Mike Furr have a paper forthcoming in the Journal of the American Philosophical Association entitled “Patience:  A New Account of a Neglected Virtue.”

This is a project funded by a generous grant from the Templeton Religion Trust.