Situational Traits of Character

Situational Traits of Character : Dispositional Foundations and Implications for Moral Psychology and Friendship

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In Situational Traits of Character, Candace L. Upton rejects the traditional philosophical view that character traits are global and argues that the contents of our characters are situational. This situational nature is supported by both normative considerations and metaphysics of dispositions. Upton concludes by demonstrating that the relevant and fruitful application of situational traits to debates concerning friendship and consequentialism yields important moral results.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 120 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 249.47g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739132849
  • 9780739132845

About Candace L. Upton

Candace L. Upton is assistant professor of philosophy at University of Denver.show more

Review quote

Recent experimental results in social psychology seem to indicate that people do not have the sorts of global character traits required for classical virtue ethics. Some theorists have concluded we should give up all talk of virtue and character. Some have suggested that it is enough if there are more particularized situational traits. Some have argued that virtues are idealized character traits which can still be pursued as ideals even if they never actually exist. In her new book, Candace Upton argues that all such reactions are based on misunderstanding the way in which character traits are behavioral and motivational dispositions. She concludes that we can and must continue to accept a virtue ethics with global character traits, while understanding what sorts of conditions can interfere with their realization. The book is a significant advance. -- Gilbert Harman, Department of Philosophy, Princeton University We may want to think of character traits as entirely general, but Candace Upton marshalls strong arguments for a more subtle and complex view. Character traits emerge as often situation-specific and fine grained. -- Joel Kupperman, University of Connecticutshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Global Traits of Character Chapter 2. Traits as Dispositions Chapter 3. Situational Traits of Character Chapter 4. Situational Traits and Social Psychology Chapter 5. Situational Traits and the Friendly Consequentialistshow more