Situationist Social Psychology and J. S. Mill's Conception of Character: Robert F. Card

Utilitas 22 (4):481-493 (2010)

Abstract

The situationist challenge to global character traits claims that on the basis of findings in social psychology, we should only accept at most the existence of local or context-sensitive traits. In this article I explore a neglected area of J. S. Mill's work to outline an account of context-sensitive traits. This account of traits, coupled with a sophisticated consequentialist ethical framework, suggests an interesting view on which persons govern the circumstances of their actions in order to best promote overall well-being.

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Robert F. Card
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