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Valerie Tiberius (senior science advisor) is Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair at the University of Minnesota, where she has taught since 1998. She earned her B.A. from the University of Toronto and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  

Her work explores the ways in which philosophy and psychology can both contribute to the study of well-being and virtue.  She is the author of The Reflective Life: Living Wisely With Our Limits (Oxford 2008), which examines how we ought to think about practical wisdom and living a good life given what we now know about ourselves from empirical psychology.  Her most recent book, Moral Psychology: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge 2015), brings together traditional philosophical approaches and new empirical approaches in order to investigate topics such as moral motivation, moral responsibility, and reasons to be moral.

 She has also published numerous articles on the topics of practical reasoning, prudential virtues, well-being, and the relationship between positive psychology and ethics, and has received grants from the John Templeton Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  She is currently Vice-President/President Elect of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association.

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