The Mixed Trait Model of Character Traits and the Moral Domains of Resource Distribution and Stealing

In Character: New Perspectives in Psychology, Philosophy, and Theology. Oxford University Press. pp. 164-191 (2015)

Christian Miller
Wake Forest University
In this paper my goal is to extend my earlier discussion, at least in a preliminary way, to two additional areas – fairness and stealing. In doing so, I will consider whether the existing research is compatible with my Mixed Trait model, or whether instead it gives me reason to be concerned with how broadly applicable the model really is. My conclusion will be that the results are, so to speak, a mixed bag. With respect to fairness research, some careful conceived studies have been done which do in fact provide additional support for my model. But in the area of research of stealing, it will turn out that we are badly in need of new behavioral studies before we can draw any reasonable conclusions about people’s characters in this area.
Keywords Fairness  Stealing  Virtue  Vice  Character  Mixed Traits  Situationism  Traits
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