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  1. Candace L. Upton (2009). Virtue Ethics and Moral Psychology: The Situationism Debate. [REVIEW] Journal of Ethics 13 (2-3):103 - 115.
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    Candace L. Upton (2009). The Structure of Character. Journal of Ethics 13 (2-3):175 - 193.
    In this paper, I defend a local account of character traits that posits traits like close-friend-honesty and good-mood-compassion. John Doris also defends local character traits, but his local character traits are indistinguishable from mere behavioral dispositions, they are not necessary for the purpose which allegedly justifies them, and their justification is only contingent, depending upon the prevailing empirical situation. The account of local traits I defend posits local traits that are traits of character rather than behavioral dispositions, local traits that (...)
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    Candace L. Upton (2005). A Contextual Account of Character Traits. Philosophical Studies 122 (2):133 - 151.
    Character traits have several vital functions. They should enable us to assess others morally, inform us of others’ behavioral tendencies, and accurately explain and predict others’ behavior. But traits of character, as they have traditionally been understood, cannot adequately serve these purposes. For character traits are traditionally thought to be context-insensitive. The Contextual Account of Character Traits, which I here develop and defend, posits traits that are context-sensitive. Context-sensitive character traits are more receptive to the complexity of human psychology and (...)
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    Candace L. Upton (2009). Situational Traits of Character: Dispositional Foundations and Implications for Moral Psychology and Friendship. Lexington Books.
    Introduction -- Global traits of character -- Traits as dispositions -- Situational traits of character -- Situational traits and social psychology -- Situational traits and the friendly consequentialist.
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  5. Candace L. Upton (2005). A Contextual Account of Character Traits. Philosophical Studies 122 (2):133-151.
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    Candace L. Upton (2016). The Empirical Argument Against Virtue. Journal of Ethics 20 (4):355-371.
    The virtues are under fire. Several decades’ worth of social psychological findings establish a correlation between human behavior and the situation moral agents inhabit, from which a cadre of moral philosophers concludes that most moral agents lack the virtues. Mark Alfano and Christian Miller introduce novel versions of this argument, but they are subject to a fatal dilemma. Alfano and Miller wrongly assume that their requirements for virtue apply universally to moral agents, who vary radically in their psychological, physiological, and (...)
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    Candace L. Upton (2008). Context, Character and Consequentialist Friendships. Utilitas 20 (3):334-347.
    One prevailing objection to consequentialism holds that the consequentialist cannot promote both agent-neutral value and her own personal friendships: the consequentialist cannot be a genuine friend. Several versions of this objection have been advanced, but an even more sophisticated version of the charge is available. However, even this more sophisticated version fails, as it assumes a traditional, context-insensitive, account of character traits. In this article, I develop and defend a novel account of character traits that is context-sensitive and also supports (...)
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    Candace L. Upton (2009). Virtue Ethics and Moral Psychology: The Situationism Debate. Journal of Ethics 13 (2-3):103-115.
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    Candace L. Upton (2014). Alfano, Mark.Character as Moral Fiction.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Pp. 234. $90.00. Ethics 124 (3):598-602.
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    Candace L. Upton (2004). Review of “Norms of Nature: Naturalism and the Nature of Functions”. [REVIEW] Essays in Philosophy 5 (1):42.
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    Candace L. Upton (2009). The Structure of Character. Journal of Ethics 13 (2-3):175-193.
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