Character: New Directions from Philosophy, Psychology, and Theology

Hardcover | October 26, 2015

EditorChristian B. Miller, R. Michael Furr, Angela Knobel

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This collection contains some of the best new work being done on the subject of character from the perspectives of philosophy, theology, and psychology. From creating a virtual reality simulation of the Milgram shock experiments to understanding the virtue of modesty in Muslim societies todefending soldiers' moral responsibility for committing war crimes, these 31 chapters break much 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, characterand ethical theory, virtue epistemology, the nature of particular virtues, character development, and challenges to character and virtue from neuroscience and situationism. These papers stem from the work of the Character Project (www.thecharacterproject.com) at Wake Forest University, generously supported by the John Templeton Foundation. This collection is truly unique in featuring the work of many young, up-and-coming voices in their fields with new perspectives tooffer. Together their work will significantly shape discussions of character for years to come.

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This collection contains some of the best new work being done on the subject of character from the perspectives of philosophy, theology, and psychology. From creating a virtual reality simulation of the Milgram shock experiments to understanding the virtue of modesty in Muslim societies todefending soldiers' moral responsibility for co...

Christian B. Miller is Professor of Philosophy at Wake Forest University and Director of the Character Project. R. Michael Furr is Professor of Psychology at Wake Forest University and Psychology Co-Director for the Character Project. Angela Knobel is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America and Theology ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:720 pages, 9.41 × 6.61 × 2.2 inPublished:October 26, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Christian B. Miller, R. Michael Furr, Angela Knobel, William Fleeson: Editors' IntroductionSection 1: Overview of the Study of Character in Philosophy and Psychology1. Christian B. Miller and Angela Knobel: "Some Foundational Questions in Philosophy about Character"2. William Fleeson, R. Michael Furr, Eranda Jayawickreme, Erik G. Helzer, Anselma G. Hartley, and Peter Meindl: "Personality Science and the Foundations of CharacterSection 2: Beliefs about Character3. Jochen E. Gebauer, Constantine Sedikides, Mark R. Leary, and Jens B. Asendorpf: "Lay Beliefs in True Altruism versus Universal Egoism"4. Geoffrey P. Goodwin, Jared Piazza, and Paul Rozin: "Understanding the Importance and Perceived Structure of Moral Character"Section 3: The Existence and Nature of Character5. Wiebke Bleidorn: "Moving Character Beyond the Person-Situation Debate - The Stable and Dynamic Nature of Virtues in Everyday Life"6. Taya R. Cohen and A. T. Panter: "Character Traits in the Workplace: A Three-Month Diary Study of Moral and Immoral Organizational Behaviors"7. Christian B. Miller: "The Mixed Trait Model of Character Traits and the Moral Domains of Resource Distribution and Theft"8. Charles Starkey: "Emotion and Character"Section 4: Character and Ethical Theory9. Rebecca Stangl: "Taking Moral Risks and Becoming Virtuous"10. Bradford Cokelet: "Dispositions, Character, and the Value of Acts"11. Linda Zagzebski: "Exemplarism and Admiration"Section 5: Virtue Epistemology12. Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij: "People Listen to People Who Listen: Instilling Virtues of Deference"13. Nathan L. King: "'Why Can't We Be Friends?' Reflections on Empirical Psychology and Virtue Epistemology"14. John Turri: "From Virtue Epistemology to Abilism: Theoretical and Empirical Developments"Section 6: Particular Virtues15. Mike Austin: "Christian Humility as a Social Virtue"16. Anglea Knobel: "A Different Kind of Wisdom"17. Cristian Mihut: "Bearing Burdens and the Character of God in the Hebrew Bible"18. Angela Lee Duckworth and Eli Tsukayama: "Domain Specificity in Self-Control"19. Sara Konrath: "Can Text Messages Make People Kinder?"Section 7: Character Development20. Jessica A. Sommerville: "The Emergence of Moral Character in Infancy: Developmental Changes and Individual Differences in Fairness Concerns and Prosocial Behavior during the First Two Years of Life"21. Elizabeth A. Boerger and Anthony J. Hoffman: "Character Development in the School Years: Relations among Theory of Mind, Moral Identity and Positive and Negative Behavior toward Peers"22. Erik E. Noftle: "Character across Early Emerging Adulthood: Character Traits, Character Strivings, and Moral Self-Attributes"23. Tzvi Novick: "Etiquette and Exemplarity in Judaism"24. Ray S. Yeo: "Christian Character Formation and the Infusion of Grace"25. Elizabeth Cochran: "Necessity and Human Agency: Cultivating Character in the Reformed Christian Tradition"26. Terence Cuneo: "Liturgy and the Moral Life"27. Elizabeth M. Bucar: "Cultivating Virtues through Sartorial Practices: The Case of the Islamic Veil in Indonesia"Section 8: Challenges to Character and Virtue from Neuroscience and Situationism28. Daniel McKaughan: "Character Traits and the Neuroscience of Social Behavior"29. Matthias R. Mehl, Kathryn L. Bollich, John M. Doris, and Simine Vazire: "Character and Coherence: Testing the Stability of Naturalistically Observed Daily Moral Behavior"30. David Gallardo-Pujol, Elizabet Orekhova, Vercnica Benet-Mart!nez, and Mel Slater: "Taking Evil into the Lab: Exploring the Frontiers of Morality and Individual Differences"31. Matthew Talbert and Jessica Wolfendale: "War Crimes: Causes, Excuses, and Blame"Index