by Joel J. Kupperman



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Character by Joel J. Kupperman

We often speak of a person's character--good or bad, strong or weak--and think of it as a guide to how that person will behave in a given situation. Oddly, however, philosophers writing about ethics have had virtually nothing to say about the role of character in ethical behavior. What is character? How does it relate to one's sense of self, or to the process of moral decision? Are we responsible for our characters? Character answers these questions, and goes on to examine the place of character in ethical philosophy. Both the Kantian and utilitarian traditions, Kupperman argues, have largely ignored the ways in which decisions are integrated over time, and instead provide a "snapshot" model of moral decision. Kupperman demonstrates the deficiencies of a number of classic and contemporary ethical theories that do not take account of the idea of character, and offers his own character-based theory. Along the way he touches on such subjects as personal identity, the nature of happiness, moral education, and what makes possible a valuable life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195068702
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 03/01/1991
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.88(w) x 8.63(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

University of Connecticut, Storrs

Table of Contents

Part ICharacter in Human Life
1.What Is Character?3
2.Character and Self19
3.Character and Responsibility47
Part IIThe Place of Character in Ethics
4.Ethical Theory and Choice67
5.Justice and the Virtues90
7.The Place of Character in Ethics140
Appendix AMoral Psychology159
Appendix BEducation of Character173

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