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Moral Character: An Empirical Theory

Christian B. Miller


Most of our friends, colleagues, and even family members are not virtuous people. They do not have virtues such as compassion, honesty, or courage. But at the same time, they are not vicious people either. They do not have vices such as cruelty, dishonesty, or cowardice. Instead most people today have characters which do not qualify as either virtuous or vicious. They have many positive moral features, but also many negative ones too. Our characters are decidedly mixed, and are much more complex than we might have thought. On the one hand, many of us would kill an innocent person in a matter o ... More

Keywords: virtue, character, vice, psychology, helping, compassion, harming, lying, character traits, morality

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199674350
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199674350.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christian B. Miller, author
Wake Forest University

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