Eudaimonia & Human Flourishing
Generous funding from the Carlsberg and Pettit Foundations has allowed the establishment of the Centre at Linacre College, University of Oxford, The Centre undertakes interdisciplinary research into Human Flourishing, Eudaimonia and the Life Well-Lived with a special focus on human brain dynamics through its link with the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford and Center for Music in the Brain, Aarhus University, Denmark.
Professor Morten L Kringelbach is the founding director and Erel Shalit Carlsberg Foundation Senior Research Fellow. The Centre follows Aristotle and Bentham in conceptually distinguishing between the hedonic — involving pleasure and the avoidance of pain — and the eudaimonic ingredients of well-being, while acknowledging that there is a close empirical link between them.
The Centre convenes and fosters an interdisciplinary team of neuroscientists, philosophers, psychologists, social scientists, physicists, biologists, anthropologists, and artists. The collaborative goal is to clarify underlying psychological, cultural and philosophical issues and connect these discussions to contemporary investigation of the neural mechanisms of emotional and cognitive states. The research teams use philosophical, anthropological and psychological analyses as well as precise neuroscientific paradigms in collaboration with international partners.