Character

Paperback | May 1, 1995

byJoel J. Kupperman

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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 ischaracter? How does it relate to having a 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, havelargely 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 owncharacter-based theory. Along the way he touches on such subjects as personal identity, the importance of happiness, moral education, and the definition of a valuable life.

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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. 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 ...

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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 ischaracter? How does it relate to having a self,...

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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. 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 ...

Joel J. Kupperman is at University of Connecticut, Storrs.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.62 × 5.39 × 0.63 inPublished:May 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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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. 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. Along the way he touches on such subjects as personal identity, the nature of happiness, moral education, and what makes possible a valuable life.

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"Timely....A virtuous read for advanced undergraduates and graduate students who have the character for moral philosophy. It would fit well in a course on virtue ethics. For those who teach ethics (practical and theoretical) it is helpful for getting clearer on some important contrasts amongKantian, utilitarian, and character theories....Provides useful ideas for teaching ethics."--Teaching Philosophy