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Politicians, preachers, and ordinary people speak often of character; psychologists study 'personality', used as a term of art with meanings close to 'character'. Most ethical philosophers in the last two hundred years, on the other hand, have not had much to say about character. Joel Kupperman attempts to understand character and to refocus ethical philosophy so that character is central.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 139.7 x 223.52 x 12.7mm | 294.83g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0195096541
  • 9780195096545
  • 1,265,788

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We often speak of a person's character--good or bad, strong or weak--and think of it as a guide to how that person will behave in a given situation. What is character? How does it relate to one's sense of self, or to the process of moral decision? Are we responsible for our characters? Character answers these questions, and goes on to examine the place of character in ethical philosophy. Along the way he touches on such subjects as personal identity, the nature of happiness, moral education, and what makes possible a valuable life.
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'It is a rare pleasure to find a work in moral philosophy that connects so straightforwardly with questions asked by ordinary persons in ordinary life. This subtle and sensible book has much to offer anyone who wants to think more clearly about character and who is concerned with strategies for instilling strong and good character in the young.'
Times Literary Supplement
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