Virtue as Social Intelligence: An Empirically Grounded Theory / Edition 1

Virtue as Social Intelligence: An Empirically Grounded Theory / Edition 1

by Nancy E. Snow
     
 

"Virtue as Social Intelligence: An Empirically Grounded Theory takes on the claims of philosophical situationism, the ethical theory that is skeptical about the possibility of human virtue. Influenced by social psychological studies, philosophical situationists argue that human personality is too fluid and fragmented to support a stable set of virtues. They

See more details below

Overview

"Virtue as Social Intelligence: An Empirically Grounded Theory takes on the claims of philosophical situationism, the ethical theory that is skeptical about the possibility of human virtue. Influenced by social psychological studies, philosophical situationists argue that human personality is too fluid and fragmented to support a stable set of virtues. They claim that virtue cannot be grounded in empirical psychology. This book argues otherwise." Drawing on the work of psychologists Walter Mischel and Yuichi Shoda, Nancy E. Snow argues that the social psychological experiments that philosophical situationists rely on look at the wrong kinds of situations to test for behavioral consistency. Rather than looking at situations that are objectively similar, researchers need to compare situations that have similar meanings for the subject. When this is done, subjects exhibit behavioural consistencies that warrant the attribution of enduring traits and virtues are a subset of these traits. Virtue can thus be empirically grounded, and virtue ethics has nothing to fear from philosophical situationism.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415999090
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Ch. 1 In Search of Global Traits 17

Ch. 2 Habitual Virtuous Actions and Automaticity 39

Ch. 3 Social Intelligence and Why It Matters 63

Ch. 4 Virtue as Social Intelligence 85

Ch. 5 Philosophical Situationism Revisited 99

Conclusion 117

Notes 119

References 123

Index 131

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >