In defence of Aristotle on character: toward a synthesis of recent psychology, neuroscience and the thought of Michael Polanyi
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Moral Education 41 (2):155-170 (2012)
In the United States, various forms of character education have become popular in both elementary and professional education. They are often criticised, however, for their reliance on Aristotle, who is said to be problematic at several points. In response to these criticisms, I argue that Aristotle?s ancient account of character and its formation remains viable in light of work over the last decade in psychology and the neurosciences. However, some lacunae remain that can at least be partially filled with insights drawn from the work of Michael Polanyi, a scientist-turned-philosopher whose larger philosophical project was launched by a desire to see Western society flourish. Insights from these varied sources can provide the building blocks with which to construct an account of character and its development that preserves Aristotle?s best insights in ways that answer the concerns voiced by the critics
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Larry Arnhart (1998). Darwinian Natural Right: The Biological Ethics of Human Nature. State University of New York Press.
William Casebeer (2003). Natural Ethical Facts: Evolution, Connectionism, and Moral Cognition. MIT Press.
Philip Clayton (2004). Mind and Emergence: From Quantum to Consciousness. Oxford University Press.
Christopher D. Frith (2002). Attention to Action and Awareness of Other Minds. Consciousness and Cognition 11 (4):481-487.
Marjorie Grene (1977). Tacit Knowing-Grounds for a Revolution in Philosophy. Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 8 (3):164-171.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Anna Marmodoro (2011). Moral Character Versus Situations: An Aristotelian Contribution to the Debate. Journal of Ancient Philosophy 5 (2).
Nancy Sherman (1989). The Fabric of Character: Aristotle's Theory of Virtue. Oxford University Press.
Jonathan Jacobs (1997). Plasticity and Perfection: Maimonides and Aristotle on Character. Religious Studies 33 (4):443-454.
Erik J. Wielenberg (2006). Saving Character. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 9 (4):461 - 491.
Anthony Carreras (2012). Aristotle on Other-Selfhood and Reciprocal Shaping. History of Philosophy Quarterly 29 (4):319-336.
Gianluca di Muzio (2008). Aristotle's Alleged Moral Determinism in the Nicoachean Ethics. Journal of Philosophical Research 33:19-32.
Gianluca Di Muzio (2000). Aristotle on Improving One's Character. Phronesis 45 (3):205 - 219.
Walter B. Gulick (2009). Polanyi and Some Philosophical Neighbors. Tradition and Discovery 36 (1):6-7.
Peter H. Plesch (2007). On Working with Michael Polanyi. Tradition and Discovery 34 (2):39-50.
Joyce L. Jenkins (1999). The Advantages of Civic Friendship. Journal of Philosophical Research 24:459-471.
Gianluca di Muzio (2000). Aristotle on Improving One's Character. Phronesis 45 (3):205-219.
Walter Gulick (2009). Polanyi's Epistemology in the Light of Neuroscience. Tradition and Discovery 36 (2):73-82.
Kurt Pritzl (2006). The Place of Intellect in Aristotle. Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 80:57-75.
Paul Lewis (1994). "The Springs of Motion": Jonathan Edwards on Emotions, Character, and Agency. Journal of Religious Ethics 22 (2):275 - 297.
Pierre Destrée (2011). Aristotle on Responsibility for One's Character. In Michael Pakaluk & Giles Pearson (eds.), Moral Psychology and Human Action in Aristotle. Oxford University Press
Added to index2012-03-27
Total downloads16 ( #154,465 of 1,699,739 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #269,935 of 1,699,739 )
How can I increase my downloads?