Moral Character: An Empirical Theory by Christian B. MillerMoral Character: An Empirical Theory by Christian B. Miller

Moral Character: An Empirical Theory

byChristian B. Miller

Paperback | June 7, 2015

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Christian Miller presents a new account of moral character. 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 suchas 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 of minutes under pressure from an authority figure as part of a psychology study. Or we would pretend to not see someone collapse from an apparent heart attack across the street. Or we would make a wide circle around someone'sdropped papers rather than stop to help pick them up. Yet it is also true that many of us would help another person when we are by ourselves and hear sounds of a non-ambiguous emergency in the next room. Or we would come to the aid of a friend when feeling empathy for her need, and do so foraltruistic rather than egoistic reasons. In Moral Character: An Empirical Theory Miller outlines a new picture of our moral character which involves what are called Mixed Character Traits. This picture can help make sense of how most of us are less than virtuous people but also morally better than the vicious.
Christian Miller is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Wake Forest University. His main areas of research are meta-ethics, moral psychology, moral character, action theory, and philosophy of religion. He is also the author of Character and Moral Psychology (OUP forthcoming), and the editor of The Continuum Companion to Ethics (Contin...
Title:Moral Character: An Empirical TheoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:June 7, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefacePart One: Conceptual Background for the Framework1. Dispositions, Character Traits, and VirtuesPart Two: Developing the Framework2. Guilt and Helping3. Embarrassment, Positive Moods, and Helping4. Elevation, Activated Moral Norms, and Helping5. Empathy and Helping6. Negative Moods, Group Effects, and HelpingPart Three: Outlining the Framework7. The Framework of Mixed Helping Traits8. Mixed Traits in GeneralPart Four: Extending the Framework9. Aggression and Harming Others10. LyingConclusionAppendix: Summary of Various Requirements for Different Virtues and VicesWorks CitedIndex

Editorial Reviews

"Christian Miller's two volumes, Moral Character: An Empirical Theory and Character and Moral Psychology, offer a comprehensive review of psychological research and theory concerning moral character traits and the influence of situational variables on moral behavior. They are essential readingfor psychologists and philosophers whose work concerns moral character, moral development, or moral action. Miller challenges long accepted understandings of virtue and vice, offering a novel alternative grounded in recent empirical research." --Don Collins Reed, PsycCritiques