The Hyde Park Institute is an independent research center promoting the understanding of moral thought, feeling, and action as these inform interactions in a free and open society. The Institute seeks to enhance the role of moral philosophy education for undergraduates, graduates in the humanities and sciences, and professional students in medicine, business, and law. Hyde Park Institute’s programs tend toward the development of leaders both inside and outside academia who are equipped to tackle their social and political responsibilities by bringing moral discernment and sound judgment to bear. It does this by sponsoring academic research, supporting curricular initiatives, and offering educational programming for people throughout the University of Chicago community.

"We need prudence or practical wisdom for any large-scale worthy enterprise, just as health and sanity are needed. We need justice to secure cooperation and mutual trust… without which our lives would be nasty, brutish, and short. We need temperance in order not to be deflected from our long-term and large-scale goals by seeking short-term satisfactions. And we need courage in order to persevere in the face of setbacks, weariness, difficulties, and dangers."

Peter Geach, The Virtues (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1977), p. 16