The Philosophy and Psychology of Character and Happiness

The Philosophy and Psychology of Character and Happiness

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Since ancient times, character, virtue, and happiness have been central to thinking about how to live well. Yet until recently, philosophers have thought about these topics in an empirical vacuum. Taking up the general challenge of situationism - that philosophers should pay attention to empirical psychology - this interdisciplinary volume presents new essays from empirically informed perspectives by philosophers and psychologists on western as well as eastern conceptions of character, virtue, and happiness, and related issues such as personality, emotion and cognition, attitudes and automaticity. Researchers at the top of their fields offer exciting work that expands the horizons of empirically informed research on topics central to virtue ethics.
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  • Hardback | 314 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 22.86mm | 567g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 Line drawings, black and white; 3 Halftones, black and white; 7 Tables, black and white
  • 0415656141
  • 9780415656146

Table of contents

Part I: Persons, Situations, and Virtue

1. The Real Challenge to Virtue Ethics from Psychology

Christian Miller

2. Reasoning about Wrong Reasons, No Reasons, and Reasons of Virtue

Neera K. Badhwar

3. Following Kurt Lewin Beyond the Situation -- and the Person

C. Daniel Batson

Part II: The Moral Psychology of Virtue

4. Automaticity in Virtuous Action

Clea F. Rees and Jonathan Webber

5. Disgust, Moral Knowledge, and Virtue

Erik J. Wielenberg

6. Empathic Concern and the Pursuit of Virtue

Franco V. Trivigno

7. The Having and Doing of Moral Personality

Daniel Lapsley and Darcia Narvaez

Part III: Asian Philosophy and Psychology on Virtue and Happiness

8. Seeing Confucian 'Active Moral Perception' in Light of Contemporary Psychology

Stephen C. Angle

9. Is Self-Regulation a Burden or a Virtue? A Comparative Perspective

Hagop Sarkissian

10. The Geography of Thought Revisited: Reflections on Situationism and the Psychology of Asians

Nancy E. Snow

11. The Psychology of Virtue and Happiness in Western and Asian Thought

Samuel M. Y. Ho, Wenjie Duan, and Sandy C. M. Tang

Part IV: Happiness

12. Adventures in Assisted Living: Well-Being and Situationist Psychology

Daniel M. Haybron

13. Aristotelian Well-Being for the Modern World: Taking the Capabilities Approach to the Next Level of Specificity

Howard J. Curzer

14. A Virtuous Cycle: The Relationship Between Happiness and Virtue

Pelin Kesebir and Ed Diener
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"Finely integrating the findings of moral philosophy and psychology, this book contains a plethora of rich insights into eudaemonistic concepts of happiness. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above."--S. A. Mason, CHOICE
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About Nancy E. Snow

Nancy E. Snow is Professor in the Philosophy Department at Marquette University, USA

Franco V. Trivigno is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas at the University of Oslo, Norway
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