Journal of Moral Education 45 (4):490-501 (2016)

Christian Miller
Wake Forest University
I pursue three of the many lines of thought that were raised in my mind by Kristjánsson’s engaging book. In the first section, I try to get clearer on what exactly Aristotelian character education (ACE) is, and suggest areas where I hope the view is developed in more detail. In the second and longest section, I draw some lessons from social psychology about the pervasive role of what I call ‘Surprising Dispositions,’ and invite Kristjánsson to take up the difficult challenge of clarifying how ACE would help to address their influence on our thought and action. Finally, in section three I consider whether there is any robust empirical support for ACE, and if not, where that leaves us.
Keywords Character  Kristjánsson  Virtue  Aristotle  Character Development  Education  Moral Education  Social Psychology  Situationism  Dispositions
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DOI 10.1080/03057240.2016.1239574
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