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Varieties of Moral Personality By Owen Flanagan

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Owen Flanagan argues in this book for a more psychologically realistic ethical reflection and spells out the ways in which psychology can enrich moral philosophy.

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Varieties of Moral Personality: Ethics and Psychological Realism by Owen Flanagan

Owen Flanagan argues in this book for a more psychologically realistic ethical reflection and spells out the ways in which psychology can enrich moral philosophy. Beginning with a discussion of such "moral saints" as Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Oskar Schindler, Flanagan charts a middle course between an ethics that is too realistic and socially parochial and one that is too idealistic, giving no weight to our natures.

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Flanagan's book prepares a framework for the balanced interchange between empirical studies and their varied interpretations. Rigorous in its search, the value of this book lies in its capacity to ferret out the conditional bonds between human psychology and ethical expectations. -- E. Mark Stern Contemporary Psychology This book is both stimulating and well-written. It covers a great deal of territory, but is always clear and usually fair. It can be read with profit by psychologists, ethicists, and political philosophers. -- Roger Paden Review of Metaphysics This is a rich and elegantly written book. In Flanagan's writing, no view is dismissed out of hand, none is taken over uncritically thereby exemplifying the same intellectual responsibility he advocates for moral psychology in general. -- Thomas E. Wren Journal of Moral Education

About Owen Flanagan

Owen Flanagan is Professor of Philosophy, Duke University.

Table of Contents

PART 1: ETHICS AND PSYCHOLOGICAL REALISM Prologue: Saints 1. Ethics and Psychology The Topic Ethics, Psychology, and the Human Sciences The Autonomy Thesis 2. The Principle of Minimal Psychological Realism Minimal Psychological Realism Psychological Distance Natural and Social Psychological Traits Environmental Sensitivity Natural Teleology and the Naturalistic Fallacy 3. Psychological Realism and the Personal Point of View The Argument from the Personal Point of View Minimal Persons Persons and Plans Characters, Commitments, and Projects Separateness and Impersonality 4. Abstraction, Alienation, and Integrity Strong Realism and Socially Fortified Persons Abstraction and Kinds of Impartiality Integrity, Alienation, and Virtues of Form PART 2: LIBERAL AND COMMUNITARIAN PHILOSOPHICAL PSYCHOLOGY 5. Community and the Liberal Self The Social Construction of Persons The Classical Picture and the Primacy of Justice Community, Friendship, and Flourishing Appreciation, Emulation, and Self-Respect Social Union 6. Identity and Community Actual and Self-Represented Identity Identity, Self-Esteem, and Effective Agency Self-Understanding, Encumbered Identity, and Psychological Realism, Self-Understanding and Like-Mindedness Narrativity and Homogeneity PART 3: MORAL PSYCHOLOGY 7. Moral Cognition: Development and Deep Structure Psychological Realism and Deep Structure The Moral Judgment of the Child Moral Consciousness, Speech Acting, and Opacity Rules and Autonomy: The Marble Study Games and Gender Consequences and Intentions The "Consciousness of Something Attractive" 8. Modern Moral Philosophy and Moral Stages Stage Theory Stage Holism and Globality Moral Stage, Character Assessment, and Unified Justification Development and Improvement The Adequacy of the Highest Stage 9. Virtue, Gender, and Identity Identity and Morality Psychological Realism and Gender Two Different Global Voices? Gestalt Shifts 10. Gender Differences: The Current Status of the Debate The No-Difference Claim The Relation of Justice and Care Further Empirical Questions 11. Gender, Normative Adequacy, Content, and Cognitivis Six Theses The Separate-but-Equal Doctrine The Integration Doctrine The Hammer-Wrench Doctrine Impartialism Noncognitivist Care Context-Sensitive Care PART 4: SITUATION, DISPOSITIONS, AND WELL-BEING 12. Invisible Shepherds, Sensible Knaves, and the Modularity of the Moral Two Thought Experiments about Character Persons in Situations Moral Gaps and the Unity of Character Moral Modularity 13. Characters and Their Traits Traits and Traitology Individual Trait Globality and Situation Sensitivity The Trait-Inference Network and Evaluative Consistency Evaluative Consistency, the Authoritarian Personality, and Authoritarian Behavior Moral Traits 14. Situations, Sympathy, and Attribution Theory Character and Coercion Milgram's "One Great Unchanging Result" Coercion and Rebellion in Groups Situations and Samaritans Attribution Theory and Moral Personality 15. Virtue, Mental Health, and Happiness Illusion and Well-Being The Traditional View Meets the Facts The Traditional View versus the Classical View Virtue, Again Epilogue Notes References Index

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Varieties of Moral Personality: Ethics and Psychological Realism by Owen Flanagan
Owen Flanagan
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