Skip to main content
×
Home
    • Aa
    • Aa
  • Get access
    Check if you have access via personal or institutional login
  • Cited by 22
  • Cited by
    This article has been cited by the following publications. This list is generated based on data provided by CrossRef.

    Kleingeld, Pauline 2015. Consistent egoists and situation managers: two problems for situationism. Philosophical Explorations, Vol. 18, Issue. 3, p. 344.


    Murphy, James Bernard 2015. Does Habit Interference Explain Moral Failure?. Review of Philosophy and Psychology, Vol. 6, Issue. 2, p. 255.


    Olin, Lauren and Doris, John M. 2014. Vicious minds. Philosophical Studies, Vol. 168, Issue. 3, p. 665.


    Mower, Deborah S. 2013. Situationism and Confucian Virtue Ethics. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Vol. 16, Issue. 1, p. 113.


    Simpson, Thomas W. 2013. Trustworthiness and Moral Character. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Vol. 16, Issue. 3, p. 543.


    Hetherington, Stephen and Lai, Karyn 2012. Practising to Know: Practicalism and Confucian Philosophy. Philosophy, Vol. 87, Issue. 03, p. 375.


    Alfano, Mark 2011. Explaining Away Intuitions About Traits: Why Virtue Ethics Seems Plausible (Even if it Isn’t). Review of Philosophy and Psychology, Vol. 2, Issue. 1, p. 121.


    Clarke, Bridget 2010. Virtue and Disagreement. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Vol. 13, Issue. 3, p. 273.


    Doris, John M. 2010. Heated agreement: Lack of Character as Being for the Good. Philosophical Studies, Vol. 148, Issue. 1, p. 135.


    Badhwar, Neera K. 2009. The Milgram Experiments, Learned Helplessness, and Character Traits. The Journal of Ethics, Vol. 13, Issue. 2-3, p. 257.


    Doris, John M. 2009. SKEPTICISM ABOUT PERSONS1. Philosophical Issues, Vol. 19, Issue. 1, p. 57.


    Snow, Nancy E. 2009. How Ethical Theory Can Improve Practice: Lessons from Abu Ghraib. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Vol. 12, Issue. 5, p. 555.


    Upton, Candace L. 2009. Virtue Ethics and Moral Psychology: The Situationism Debate. The Journal of Ethics, Vol. 13, Issue. 2-3, p. 103.


    Upton, Candace L. 2009. The Structure of Character. The Journal of Ethics, Vol. 13, Issue. 2-3, p. 175.


    Alzola, Miguel 2008. Character and Environment: The Status of Virtues in Organizations. Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 78, Issue. 3, p. 343.


    BESSER-JONES, LORRAINE 2008. Social Psychology, Moral Character, and Moral Fallibility. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Vol. 76, Issue. 2, p. 310.


    Sneddon, Andrew 2008. The depths and shallows of psychological externalism. Philosophical Studies, Vol. 138, Issue. 3, p. 393.


    Sellman, Derek 2007. On being of good character: Nurse education and the assessment of good character. Nurse Education Today, Vol. 27, Issue. 7, p. 762.


    Wielenberg, Erik J. 2006. Saving Character. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Vol. 9, Issue. 4, p. 461.


    DORIS, JOHN M. 2005. Replies: Evidence and Sensibility. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Vol. 71, Issue. 3, p. 656.


    ×

The Indispensability of Character

Abstract

Gilbert Harman has argued that it does not make sense to ascribe character traits to people. The notion of morally virtuous character becomes particularly suspect.

How plausible this is depends on how broad character traits would have to be. Views of character as entirely invariant behavioural tendencies offer a soft target. This paper explores a view that is a less easy target: character traits as specific to kinds of situation, and as involving probabilities or real possibilities. Such ascriptions are not undermined by Harman's arguments, and it remains plausible that the agent's character often is indispensable in explanation of behaviour. Character is indispensable also as processes of control that impose reliability where it really matters.

Copyright
Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Philosophy
  • ISSN: 0031-8191
  • EISSN: 1469-817X
  • URL: /core/journals/philosophy
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *
×