Values most extolled in Nobel Peace Prize speeches

Richard Kinnier, Jerry L. Kernes, Jessie Wetherbe Hayman, Patricia N. Flynn, Elia Simon, Laura A. Kilian

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The authors randomly selected 50 Nobel Peace Prize speeches and content analyzed them to determine which values the speakers extolled most frequently. The 10 most frequently mentioned values were peace (in 100% of the speeches), hope (92%), security (86%), justice (85%), responsibility (81%), liberty (80%), tolerance (79%), altruism (75%), God (49%), and truth (38%). The authors discuss the interplay of these values in the modern world and implications regarding the search for universal moral values.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)581-588
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2007


  • Nobel Peace Prize speeches
  • Universal moral values

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Education
  • Psychology(all)


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