A New Approach to Character Traits in Light of Psychology

In Iskra Fileva (ed.), Questions of Character. Oxford University Press. pp. 249-267 (2016)

Christian Miller
Wake Forest University
The goal of this paper is to summarize a novel empirical framework that I have developed for thinking about the moral character traits which I claim are widely possessed by many people today. Given limitations of space, though, I will not be able to motivate or defend the framework. Instead I will simply outline some of the main ideas. Also, to help make the discussion less abstract, I will focus on harming motivation and behavior, but the framework is intended to generalize to all domains of our moral lives. This paper became chapter two of my 2014 book, Character and Moral Psychology.
Keywords Virtue  Character Traits  Vice  Aggression  Harming  Mixed Traits  Situationism  Traits
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