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Title:Matters of character
Author(s):Spino, Joseph Michael
Director of Research:Moore, Michael
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Murphy, Colleen
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Doris, John; Livengood, Jonathan
Department / Program:Philosophy
Discipline:Philosophy
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Moral Psychology
Virtue Ethics
Situationism
Abstract:Notions of character are central to both normative and applied ethics. Over the past 15 years or so, a growing number of philosophers have advanced empirically-based critiques of virtue ethics, arguing for skepticism about character. I show how standard approaches to virtue ethics can be modified so as to avoid these rather damaging empirical critiques. The most promising responses to character skepticism, however, are not always available to virtue ethical approaches to applied ethics. In particular, I argue that virtue ethical approaches to business ethics are in need of novel responses to character skepticism or radical revision.
Issue Date:2016-04-19
Type:Thesis
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/90762
Rights Information:Copyright 2016 Joseph Michael Spino
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-07-07
Date Deposited:2016-05


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