Virtue Cultivation in Light of Situationism

In Julia Annas, Nancy Snow & Darcia Narvaez (eds.), Developing the Virtues: Integrating Perspectives. Oxford University Press. pp. 157-183 (2016)

Christian Miller
Wake Forest University
Various themes have been discussed under the heading of ‘situationism’ in psychology over the past forty years. Much of this discussion has been extremely controversial, leading to deep divisions among psychologists and, more recently, among philosophers as well. In this paper I will pick up on one of those themes having to do with the influence of certain unconscious mental dispositions. I will assume that these dispositions are widely possessed, and also that they disqualify the people who have them from counting as virtuous at that moment. The majority of the paper will then consider various strategies for trying to still develop the virtues in the face of this particular obstacle.
Keywords Virtue  Moral Education  Situationism  Character  Unconscious Dispositions  Vice  Virtue Cultivation  Mixed Character
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