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Character: New Directions from Philosophy, Psychology, and Theology

Christian B. Miller, R. Michael Furr, Angela Knobel, and William Fleeson


This book contains new work on character from the perspectives of philosophy, theology, and psychology. From a virtual reality simulation of the Milgram shock experiments, to understanding the virtue of modesty in Muslim societies, to defending soldiers’ moral responsibility for committing war crimes, these chapters break new ground and significantly advance our understanding of character. The main topics covered fall under the heading of our beliefs about character, the existence and nature of character traits, character and ethical theory, virtue epistemology, the nature of particular virtue ... More

Keywords: character, virtue, vice, situationism, character trait, character development, disposition, personality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190204600
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190204600.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christian B. Miller, editor

R. Michael Furr, editor

Angela Knobel, editor

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Front Matter


Christian B. Miller, R. Michael Furr, Angela Knobel, and William Fleeson

Part I Overview of the Study of Character in Philosophy and Psychology

1 Some Foundational Questions in Philosophy about Character

Christian B. Miller and Angela Knobel

2 Personality Science and the Foundations of Character

William Fleeson, R. Michael Furr, Eranda Jayawickreme, Erik G. Helzer, Anselma G. Hartley, and Peter Meindl

Part II Beliefs about Character

3 Lay Beliefs in True Altruism versus Universal Egoism

Jochen E. Gebauer, Constantine Sedikides, Mark R. Leary, and Jens B. Asendorpf

4 Understanding the Importance and Perceived Structure of Moral Character

Geoffrey P. Goodwin, Jared Piazza, and Paul Rozin

Part III The Existence and Nature of Character

6 Character Traits in the Workplace

Taya R. Cohen and A. T. Panter

8 Emotion and Character

Charles Starkey

Part IV Character and Ethical Theory

Part V Virtue Epistemology

12 People Listen to People Who Listen

Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij

Part VI Particular Virtues

18 Domain Specificity in Self-Control

Angela Lee Duckworth and Eli Tsukayama

Part VII Character Development

21 Character Development in the School Years

Elizabeth A. Boerger and Anthony J Hoffman

25 Necessity and Human Agency

Elizabeth Agnew Cochran

Part VIII Challenges to Character and Virtue from Neuroscience and Situationism

29 Character and Coherence

Matthias R. Mehl, Kathryn L. Bollich, John M. Doris, and Simine Vazire

30 Taking Evil into the Lab

David Gallardo-Pujol, Elizabet Orekhova, Verónica Benet-Martínez, and Mel Slater

31 War Crimes

Matthew Talbert and Jessica Wolfendale

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