Developing the Virtues: Integrating Perspectives

ISBN : 9780190271466

Julia Annas; Darcia Narvaez; Nancy E. Snow
328 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Oct 2016
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Ethicists and psychologists have become increasingly interested in the development of virtue in recent years, approaching the topic from the perspectives of virtue ethics and developmental psychology respectively. Such interest in virtue development has spread beyond academia, as teachers and parents have increasingly striven to cultivate virtue as part of education and child-rearing. Looking at these parallel trends in the study and practice of virtue development, the essays in this volume explore such questions as: How can philosophical work on virtue development inform psychological work on it, and vice versa? How should we understand virtue as a dimension of human personality? What is the developmental foundation of virtue? What are the evolutionary aspects of virtue and its development? How is virtue fostered? How is virtue exemplified in behavior and action? How is our conception of virtue influenced by context and by developmental and social experiences? What are the tensions, impediments and prospects for an integrative field of virtue study? Rather than centering on each discipline, the essays in this volume are orgnaized around themes and engage each other in a broader dialogue. The volume begins with an introductory essay from the editors that explains the full range of philosophical and empirical issues that have surrounded the notion of virtue in recent years.


Chapter 1: Baselines for Virtue
Darcia Narvaez, Professor of Psychology, University of Notre Dame
Chapter 2: Moral Self-Identity and the Social-Cognitive Theory of Virtue
Daniel Lapsley, Professor of Psychology, University of Notre Dame
Chapter 3: From a Baby Smiling: Reflections on Virtues in Development
Robert N. Emde, Professor of Psychology, University of Colorado (emeritus)
Chapter 4: The Development of Virtuous Character: Automatic and Reflective Dispositions
Ross A. Thompson, Professor of Psychology, University of California-Davis, and Abby S. Lavine, Graduate Student, University of California-Davis
Chapter 5: Developmental Virtue Ethics
Christine Swanton, Professor of Philosophy, University of Auckland (emerita) 140
Chapter 6: How Habits Make Us Virtuous
Nancy E. Snow, Professor and Director of the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing, University of Oklahoma
Chapter 7: Virtue Cultivation in Light of Situationism
Christian Miller, Professor of Philosophy, Wake Forest University
Chapter 8: Becoming Good: Narrow Dispositions and the Stability of Virtue
Rachana Kamtekar, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Arizona
Chapter 9: The Role of Motivation and Wisdom in Virtue as Skill
Matt Stichter, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Washington State University
Chapter 10: Learning Virtue Rules: The Issue of Thick Concepts
Julia Annas, Professor of Philosophy, University of Arizona
Chapter 11: Guilt and Shame in the Development of Virtue
Jennifer A. Herdt, Professor of Theology, Yale University
Chapter 12: Benevolence in a Justice-Based World: The Power of Sentiments (and Reasoning) in Predicting Prosocial Behaviors
Gustavo Carlo, Professor of Psychology, University of Missouri and Alexandra N. Davis, Doctoral Candidate, University of Missouri
Chapter 13: Norms of Justice in Development
Mark LeBar, Professor of Philosophy, Florida State University

About the author: 

Julia Annas is Regents Professor in Philosophy at the University of Arizona, having also taught at Oxford. She was the founding editor of Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.; Darcia Narvaez is Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame. She brings evolutionary theory, neurobiology and positive psychology to considerations of wellbeing, morality and wisdom across the lifespan, including early life, childhood and adulthood and in multiple contexts (parenting, schooling).; Nancy E. Snow is Professor and Director of the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing at the University of Oklahoma. With Darcia Narvaez, she is the co-director of the three-year project, The Self, Motivation, and Virtue, funded by $2.6 million from the Templeton Religion Trust. She is the author of over thirty papers and one monograph, and has edited or co-edited five volumes.

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