Categorizing Character: Moving Beyond the Aristotelian Framework

In David Carr (ed.), Varieties of Virtue Ethics. Palgrave-Macmillan. pp. 143-162 (2017)

Christian Miller
Wake Forest University
Philosophers have inherited a familiar taxonomy of character types from Aristotle. We are all acquainted with the labels of the virtuous, vicious, continent, and incontinent person. The goal of this paper is to argue that we should jettison this framework. The main reason is that psychological research in the past fifty years has suggested a much more complex picture of moral character than what can be usefully captured by these four categories. In its place, I will suggest a better taxonomy that makes use of the idea of what I call mixed character.
Keywords Character  Virtue  Vice  Continent  Incontinent  Aristotle  Mixed Trait  Psychology  Helping  Cheating
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