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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 having a self, or to the process of moral decision? Are we responsible for our characters? This book answers these questions, and goes on to examine the place of character in ethical philosophy. Both the Kantian and utilitarian traditions, this book argues, have largely ignored ... More

Keywords: character, personality, ethical behavior, self, moral decision, personal identity, happiness, moral education, valuable life

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Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780195096545
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195096545.001.0001


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Joel J. Kupperman, author
University of Connecticut
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