Lack of Character: Personality and Moral Behavior

Lack of Character: Personality and Moral Behavior

by John M. Doris, John Doris
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521631165

ISBN-13: 9780521631167

Pub. Date: 11/01/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Doris (philosophy, U. of California at Santa Cruz) argues that much of the "lore of virtue" in philosophical discussions of ethics is based on psychology that is 2,500 years old and is fundamentally mistaken. His project owes a large debt to the proponents of "ethical naturalism," who argue that empirical considerations can inform ethical reflection. Human beings and

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Doris (philosophy, U. of California at Santa Cruz) argues that much of the "lore of virtue" in philosophical discussions of ethics is based on psychology that is 2,500 years old and is fundamentally mistaken. His project owes a large debt to the proponents of "ethical naturalism," who argue that empirical considerations can inform ethical reflection. Human beings and their ethical dilemmas should be seen as natural phenomena. Doris contends that reliance on empirical studies should lead to a devaluation of the notion of character in ethical enquiries and a greater consideration of situational contingency. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521631167
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2002
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

Preface: a renaissance of virtue; 1. Joining the hunt; 2. Character and consistency; 3. Moral character, moral behavior; 4. The fragmentation of character; 5. Judging character; 6. From psychology to ethics; 7. Situation and responsibility; 8. Is there anything to be ashamed of?

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