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
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • 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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