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Moral Psychology, Volume 5

Virtue and Character


Philosophers have discussed virtue and character since Socrates, but many traditional views have been challenged by recent findings in psychology and neuroscience. This fifth volume of Moral Psychology grows out of this new wave of interdisciplinary work on virtue, vice, and character. It offers essays, commentaries, and replies by leading philosophers and scientists who explain and use empirical findings from psychology and neuroscience to illuminate virtue and character and related issues in moral philosophy. The contributors discuss such topics as eliminativist and situationist challenges to character; investigate the conceptual and empirical foundations of self-control, honesty, humility, and compassion; and consider whether the virtues contribute to well-being.

Karl Aquino, Jason Baehr, C. Daniel Batson, Lorraine L. Besser, C. Daryl Cameron, Tanya L. Chartrand, M. J. Crockett, Bella DePaulo, Korrina A. Duffy, William Fleeson, Andrea L. Glenn, Charles Goodman, Geoffrey P. Goodwin, George Graham, June Gruber, Thomas Hurka, Eranda Jayawickreme, Andreas Kappes, Kristján Kristjánsson, Daniel Lapsley, Neil Levy, E.J. Masicampo, Joshua May, Christian B. Miller, M. A. Montgomery, Thomas Nadelhoffer, Eddy Nahmias, Hanna Pickard, Katie Rapier, Raul Saucedo, Shannon W. Schrader, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Nancy E. Snow, Gopal Sreenivasan, Chandra Sripada, June P. Tangney, Valerie Tiberius, Simine Vazire, Jennifer Cole Wright

About the Editors

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong is Stillman Professor of Practical Ethics in the Philosophy Department and the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. He edited the previous volumes in Moral Psychology.

Christian B. Miller is A. C. Reid Professor of Philosophy at Wake Forest University and Director of the Character Project (


“A cutting-edge collection of papers by philosophers and psychologists, Moral Psychology, volume 5: Virtue and Character both engages with such general debates as the value of approaching moral questions via the notions of character and virtue, and the relationship between virtue and happiness, and offers fresh accounts of individual virtues such as humility, self-control, and compassion. The book’s lively format—a primary paper on each of the ten topics, followed by commentaries and the primary author’s response—contributes to its fresh and interdisciplinary merits. An excellent resource for courses in moral psychology.”
Rachana Kamtekar, Professor of Philosophy, University of Arizona
Moral Psychology, volume 5: Virtue and Character is a must-read for scholars working on virtue today, especially scholars who are interested in empirically informed moral psychology. Walter Sinnott-Armstrong and Christian Miller have put together an excellent collection of original work on character and virtue, written by scholars in a broad range of disciplines. I recommend it very highly.”
Julia Driver, Professor of Philosophy, Washington University in St. Louis; author of Uneasy Virtue and Consequentialism