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  1. Can Literature Be Moral Philosophy? A Sceptical View on the Ethics of Literary Empathy.Ingrid Vendrell Ferran - 2011 - In Sebastian Hüsch (ed.), Philosophy and Literature and the Crisis of Metaphysics.
    One important aspect of Nussbaum´s thesis on the moral value of literature concerns the power of literature to enhance our ability to empathise with other minds. This aspect will be the focus of the current article. My aim is to reflect upon this question regarding the moral value of our empathy for fictional characters. The article is structured in two main parts. I will first examine the concept of “empathy” and distinguish between empathy for human beings and empathy for fictional (...)
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  2. Does Gratitude to R for Φ-Ing Imply Gratitude That R Φ-Ed?Tony Manela - forthcoming - Philosophical Studies:1-18.
    Many find it plausible that for a given beneficiary, Y, benefactor, R, and action, ϕ, Y’s being grateful to R for ϕ-ing implies Y’s being grateful that R ϕ-ed. According to some philosophers who hold this view, all instances of gratitude to, or “prepositional gratitude,” are also instances of gratitude that, or “propositional gratitude.” These philosophers believe there is a single unified concept of gratitude, a phenomenon that is essentially gratitude that, and whose manifestations sometimes have additional features that make (...)
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  3. Consistency and Moral Integrity: A Self-Determination Theory Perspective.Alexios Arvanitis & Konstantinos Kalliris - forthcoming - The Journal of Moral Education:1-14.
    If acting morally can be viewed as acting consistently with a moral principle or rule, then being a person with moral integrity can be viewed as consistently applying moral principles or rules across different types of situations. We advance a view of moral integrity that incorporates three distinct, but interrelated, types of moral consistency: cognitive, emotional and motivational moral consistency. Our approach is based on Self-Determination Theory, a motivational theory that can explain when a moral rule becomes the primary motive (...)
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  4. Minding the Gap: Moral Ideals and Moral Improvement.Karen Stohr - 2019 - New York, NY, USA: Oup Usa.
    The book is an exploration of how we narrow the gap between our moral ideals and our actual selves. It develops an account of moral improvement as a practical project requiring what Karen Stohr calls a "moral neighborhood." Moral neighborhoods are constructed through social practices that instantiate shared moral ideals in a flawed world.
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  5. Karma, Moral Responsibility and Buddhist Ethics.Bronwyn Finnigan - forthcoming - In Manuel Vargas & John Doris (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Moral Psychology.
    The Buddha taught that there is no self. He also accepted a version of the doctrine of karmic rebirth, according to which good and bad actions accrue merit and demerit respectively and where this determines the nature of the agent’s next life and explains some of the beneficial or harmful occurrences in that life. But how is karmic rebirth possible if there are no selves? If there are no selves, it would seem there are no agents that could be held (...)
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  6. The Handbook of Virtue Ethics, Edited by Stan van Hooft: Durham: Routledge, 2014, Pp. Viii + 520, £85.G. R. McLean - 2015 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 93 (2):413-414.
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  7. Compassion and Animals: How We Ought to Treat Animals in a World Without Justice.C. E. Abbate - 2018 - In Justin Caouette & Carolyn Price (eds.), The Moral Psychology of Compassion.
    The philosophy of animal rights is often characterized as an exclusively justice oriented approach to animal liberation that is unconcerned with, and moreover suspicious of, moral emotions, like sympathy, empathy, and compassion. I argue that the philosophy of animal rights can, and should, acknowledge that compassion plays an integral role in animal liberation discourse and theory. Because compassion motivates moral actors to relieve the serious injustices that other animals face, or, at the very least, compassion moves actors not to participate (...)
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  8. Drugs and Hugs: Stimulating Moral Dispositions as a Method of Moral Enhancement.Michał Klincewicz, Lily Eva Frank & Marta Sokólska - 2018 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 83:329-350.
    Advocates of moral enhancement through pharmacological, genetic, or other direct interventions sometimes explicitly argue, or assume without argument, that traditional moral education and development is insufficient to bring about moral enhancement. Traditional moral education grounded in a Kohlbergian theory of moral development is indeed unsuitable for that task; however, the psychology of moral development and education has come a long way since then. Recent studies support the view that moral cognition is a higher-order process, unified at a functional level, and (...)
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  9. War Crimes: Causes, Excuses, and Blame.Matthew Talbert & Jessica Wolfendale - 2019 - New York, USA: OUP USA.
    Why do war crimes occur? Are perpetrators of war crimes always blameworthy? In an original and challenging thesis, this book argues that war crimes are often explained by perpetrators' beliefs, goals, and values, and in these cases perpetrators may be blameworthy even if they sincerely believed that they were doing the right thing.
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  10. Wisdom Myth and Mythology An Essay in Understanding a Theological Tradition.Burton L. Mack - 1970 - Interpretation 24 (1):46-60.
    The burning question of theodicy, raised by the cruel realities of the exile and its aftermath, drove the wisdom schools to creative theological work. By using the graphic language of wisdom mythology, the affirmation of Yahweh's lordship over the entire order of creation is made in such a way that the exile can now be seen to demand faith rather than resignation.
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  11. Fanaticism and Sacred Values.Paul Katsafanas - 2019 - Philosophers' Imprint 19:1-20.
    What, if anything, is fanaticism? Philosophers including Locke, Hume, Shaftesbury, and Kant offered an account of fanaticism, analyzing it as (1) unwavering commitment to an ideal, together with (2) unwillingness to subject the ideal (or its premises) to rational critique and (3) the presumption of a non-rational sanction for the ideal. In the first part of the paper, I explain this account and argue that it does not succeed: among other things, it entails that a paradigmatically peaceful and tolerant individual (...)
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  12. Autonomous Agents: From Self Control to Autonomy.Alfred R. Mele - 1995 - Oxford University Press.
    Autonomous Agents addresses the related topics of self-control and individual autonomy. "Self-control" is defined as the opposite of akrasia-weakness of will. The study of self-control seeks to understand the concept of its own terms, followed by an examination of its bearing on one's actions, beliefs, emotions, and personal values. It goes on to consider how a proper understanding of self-control and its manifestations can shed light on personal autonomy and autonomous behaviour. Perspicuous, objective, and incisive throughout, Alfred Mele makes a (...)
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  13. Book ReviewsEldon J. Eisenach,, Ed. Mill and the Moral Character of Liberalism. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1998. Pp. Vi+336. $48.50 ; $18.95. [REVIEW]Henry R. West - 2001 - Ethics 111 (2):405-407.
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  14. Virtue and Vice: Volume 15, Part 1.Ellen Frankel Paul, Fred Dycus Miller & Jeffrey Paul (eds.) - 1998 - Cambridge University Press.
    The essays in this volume discuss a range of questions relating to virtue ethics - a form of moral theory that has gained considerable attention in recent years. These questions include: what traits ought to be considered virtues? What is the proper place of virtue in a complete moral theory? Is it true, as the ancients thought, that there is a 'unity of virtue', so that having one virtue entails having all the others? What is the nature of vice or (...)
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  15. Schizophrenia and the Virtues of Self-Effacement.Barry Paul - 2016 - Les Ateliers de l'Éthique / the Ethics Forum 11 (1):29-48.
    Paul Barry | : Michael Stocker’s “The Schizophrenia of Modern Ethical Theories” attacks versions of consequentialism and deontological ethics on the grounds that they are self-effacing. While it is often thought that Stocker’s argument gives us a reason to favour virtue ethics over those other theories, Simon Keller has argued that this is a mistake. He claims that virtue ethics is also self-effacing, and is therefore afflicted with the self-effacement-related problems that Stocker identifies in consequentialism and deontology. This paper defends (...)
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  16. Authenticity in Painting: Remarks on Michael Fried’s Art History.Robert Pippin - 2005 - Critical Inquiry 31 (3):575.
    My topic is authenticity in or perhaps as painting, not the authenticity of paintings; I know next to nothing about the problem of verifying claims of authorship. I am interested in another kind of genuineness and fraudulence, the kind at issue when we say of a person that he or she is false, not genuine, inauthentic, lacks integrity, and, especially when we say he or she is playing to the crowd, playing for effect, or is a poseur. These are not (...)
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  17. Three Vedāntas: Three Accounts of Character, Freedom and Responsibility.Shyam Ranganathan - 2017 - In The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Ethics. London: Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 249-274.
    Indian thought is often said to be concerned with ethics (dharma) that leads to freedom (mokṣa). Either this means that we should treat freedom as the end that justifies the ethical life (Consequentialism), or that the ethical life is the procedure that causes freedom (Proceduralism). The history of Vedānta philosophy—philosophy of the latter part of the Vedas—largely endorses the latter option via the “moral transition argument” (MTA): a dialectic that takes us from teleology to proceduralism. It is motivated by a (...)
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  18. Varieties of Virtue Ethics.Carr David, Arthur James & Kristjánsson Kristján (eds.) - 2017 - Palgrave Macmillan.
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  19. Michael E. Zimmerman, "Eclipse of the Self: The Development of Heidegger's Concept of Authenticity". [REVIEW]Charles M. Sherover - 1983 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 21 (2):268.
  20. Kant's Conception of Moral Character. [REVIEW]Timothy M. Costelloe - 2001 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 39 (3):445.
  21. Mill's Higher Pleasures and the Choice of Character*: Roderick T. Long.Roderick T. Long - 1992 - Utilitas 4 (2):279-297.
    J. S. Mill's distinction between higher and lower pleasures is often thought to conflict with his commitment to psychological and ethical hedonism: if the superiority of higher pleasures is quantitative, then the higher/lower distinction is superfluous and Mill contradicts himself; if the superiority of higher pleasures is not quantitative, then Mill's hedonism is compromised.
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  22. Before Virtue: Assessing Contemporary Virtue Ethics. By Jonathan J. Sanford.Angela Knobel - 2017 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 91 (1):149-152.
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  23. A Dedication to the Source of True Wisdom.James Charles - 1946 - Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 21:1.
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  24. Science and Virtue: An Essay on the Impact of the Scientific Mentality on Moral Character. By Louis Caruana: Book Reviews. [REVIEW]Martin Kusch - 2008 - Heythrop Journal 49 (4):701-702.
  25. Vices, Virtues and Consequences: Essays in Moral and Political Philosophy. By Peter Phillips Simpson: Book Reviews. [REVIEW]Margaret Atkins - 2007 - Heythrop Journal 48 (4):649-650.
  26. Introduction: Giving Each Other a Helping Hand.Sarah V. Stevenage - 2000 - Pragmatics and Cognition 8 (1):1-7.
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  27. Virtue Ethics: A Pluralistic View.Lisa Tessman - 2005 - Philosophical Review 114 (3):414-416.
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  28. Virtue Argumentation and Bias.Aberdein Andrew - 2016 - Argumentation, Objectivity and Bias: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference of the Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation (OSSA), May 18--21, 2016.
    Is bias an obstacle to a virtue theory of argumentation? Virtue theories seem vulnerable to a situationist challenge, analogous to similar challenges in virtue ethics and epistemology, that behavioural dispositions are too situation-specific for virtues to be psychologically plausible. This paper argues that virtue argumentation may respond to this challenge by combining a defence of the virtue of humility with a demonstration of the role of attitude strength, as exhibited by deep-seated virtues.
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  29. Virtuous Vices: On Objectivity, Bias, and Virtue in Argumentation.H. Cohen Daniel & Stevens Katharina - unknown
    How is it possible that biases are cognitive vices, objectivity is an exemplary intellectual virtue, and yet objectivity is itself a bias? In this paper, we argue that objectivity is indeed a kind of bias but is still an argumentative virtue. In common with many biases – and many virtues – its effects are neither uniformly negative nor uniformly positive. Consequences alone are not enough to determine which character traits are argumentative virtues. Context matters. The opening section addresses the problem (...)
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  30. The Fabric of Character: Aristotle's Theory of Virtue.C. D. C. Reeve - 1990 - Ethics 100 (4):894-895.
  31. Living Morally: A Psychology of Moral Character.Ronald De Sousa - 1990 - Ethics 101 (1):185-187.
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  32. Philosophy and Environmental Crisis. [REVIEW]G. M. - 1975 - Review of Metaphysics 29 (2):336-337.
    The eight papers in this collection, which were delivered at the Fourth Annual Conference in Philosophy at the University of Georgia in February, 1971, deal with a variety of topics related to the current controversy about man’s use of his environment. The contributors, Eugene P. Odum, William T. Blackstone, Joel Feinberg, Charles Hartshorne, Walter O’Briant, Nicholas Rescher, Robert G. Burton, and Pete A. Y. Gunter, discuss such issues as overpopulation, man’s relation to nature, man’s attitude toward his environment, and the (...)
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  33. The Virtuous Life in Greek Ethics—Ed. Burkhard Reis and Stella Haffmans. [REVIEW]Peter Simpson - 2008 - International Philosophical Quarterly 48 (1):109-111.
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  34. Abortion and Moral Character: A Critique of Smith.Michael Gass - 1993 - International Philosophical Quarterly 33 (1):101-108.
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  35. Docility, Virtue of Virtues: Lévinas and Virtue-Ethics.Michael Barber - 1998 - International Philosophical Quarterly 38 (2):119-126.
    This article argues for docility as the virtues of all virtues-paradoxically it boasts on behalf of docility for its pre-eminence over all other virtues. To achieve this purpose, the article (1) situates the resurgence of virtue ethics in reference to ethical theory, (2) discusses the place of docility within virtue ethics, (3) examines the role of docility in the transition to ethical theory and within theory in general, and (4) concludes by addressing the paradoxical character of docility's pre-eminence and fending (...)
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  36. The “Führer”. Hitler’s Personality and Character. [REVIEW]Milan Hauner - 1984 - Philosophy and History 17 (1):71-72.
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  37. Schiller’s Critique of Kant’s Moral Psychology: Reconciling Practical Reason and an Ethics of Virtue.Jeffrey A. Gauthier - 1997 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 27 (4):513-543.
    Mention of the name of Friedrich Schiller among both critics and defenders of Kant's moral philosophy has most often been with reference to the well known quip:“Gladly I serve my friends, but alas I do it with pleasure.Hence I am plagued with doubt that I am not a virtuous person.““Sure, your only resource is to try to despise them entirely,And then with aversion to do what your duty enjoins you.''This attention, however, has served to obscure the fact that Schiller truly (...)
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  38. An Asymmetry Concerning Virtue and Vice.James A. Montmarquet - 1998 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 28 (2):149-159.
    In this paper I want to explore, and suggest a theoretical explanation of, an apparent asymmetry governing some of our most basic ethical judgments. I also want to use this asymmetry to probe into the relative plausibility of ‘moral character’ and ‘volition’ based accounts of moral responsibility. Briefly, my argument will be that, with suitable modifications, the latter type of account succeeds just where the former, the more Aristotelian approach, breaks down.Consider, first, a series of acts exemplifying the same vice.A (...)
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  39. Rosalind Hursthouse's Argument Against the Platonic Fantasy: In Need of an Old Distinction.Michael P. Jordan - 2007 - Philosophical Inquiry 29 (3/4):22-32.
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  40. "Self: An Introduction to Philosophical Psychology," by Gerald E. Myers. [REVIEW]John Donnelly - 1971 - Modern Schoolman 48 (4):393-395.
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  41. Virtue Ethics.James F. Keenan - 1992 - Thought: Fordham University Quarterly 67 (2):115-127.
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  42. Perpetrators and Social Death: A Cautionary Tale.Lynne Tirrell - 2016 - Metaphilosophy 47 (4-5):585-606.
    Understanding evil requires both addressing the grave wrongs done to the victim and addressing the perpetrator who does these wrongs. Claudia Card's concept of social vitality was developed to explain what génocidaires destroy in their victims. This essay brings that concept into conversation with perpetrator testimony, arguing that the génocidaires’ desire for their own social vitality, achieved through their destruction of the social world of their targets, in fact boomerangs to corrode the vitality of their own lives. This is true (...)
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  43. Character as Moral Fiction, Review of the Book Virtue and Moral Fiction by Mark Alfano.Abraham Schwab - unknown
    Alfano, a relatively new contributor to the increasingly busy intersection of ethics and epistemology, works to unpack the empirical work in psychology and articulate the full weight of its challenges to virtue ethics and virtue epistemology. The thread that runs throughout is the novel conception of "factitious virtue." Drawing on the chimerically real placebo effect and self-fulfilling prophecies, factitious virtue integrates these epistemically counterintuitive effects into norms for behavior. In short, when plausible, one should publicly attribute moral and intellectual virtues (...)
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  44. Virtue Ethics, Kantian Ethics, and the “One Thought Too Many” Objection.Monika Betzler - 2008 - In Kant's Ethics of Virtue. Walter de Gruyter.
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  45. Kantian Virtue and ‘Virtue Ethics’.Monika Betzler - 2008 - In Kant's Ethics of Virtue. Walter de Gruyter.
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  46. Personality Psychology: Current Status and Prospects For the Future.Lawrence Pervin - 2008 - Polish Psychological Bulletin 39 (4):171-177.
    Personality Psychology: Current Status and Prospects For the Future I want to consider the current status and future of the field of personality psychology, often basing my observations on my own research and theoretical interests. Let me begin by summarizing what I have to say in terms of three points of emphasis: First, the field of personality can be viewed in terms of three disciplines—trait, social cognitive, and psychodynamic—each associated with its own empirical procedures and observations. That is, each is (...)
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  47. How Universities Can Help Create a Wiser World: The Urgent Need for an Academic Revolution. [REVIEW]Agnieszka Lekka-Kowalik - 2014 - Roczniki Filozoficzne 62 (4):251-265.
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  48. Wisdom and Action Guidance in the Agent-Based Virtue Ethics of Aristotle.Thomas Sherman - 2006 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 80 (4):481-506.
    While Aristotle in the Nicomachean Ethics does not provide a guide for action in the form of rules for a decision process as deontological or consequentialistethical theories purport to do, he does present a description of the virtuous agent and the virtues that this agent exercises in his choices of action. In this paper Iargue that Aristotle’s mature virtuous agent characteristically exercises the virtue of wisdom as well as the practical virtues of character and intelligence in his choices of action (...)
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  49. Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing by Barry Schwartz and Kenneth Sharpe. [REVIEW]Gregory R. Beabout - 2011 - Catholic Social Science Review 16:279-281.
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  50. Teaching Virtue Ethics.Charles E. Harris Jr - 2013 - Teaching Ethics 13 (2):23-37.
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