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CharacterNew Directions from Philosophy, Psychology, and Theology$
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Christian B. Miller, R. Michael Furr, Angela Knobel, and William Fleeson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190204600

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190204600.001.0001

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The Mixed Trait Model of Character Traits and the Moral Domains of Resource Distribution and Theft

The Mixed Trait Model of Character Traits and the Moral Domains of Resource Distribution and Theft

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(p.164) 7 The Mixed Trait Model of Character Traits and the Moral Domains of Resource Distribution and Theft
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Character
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Christian B. Miller

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190204600.003.0008

Chapter 7 expands on the Mixed Trait Model for understanding moral character traits. On this model, most people have neither any moral virtues nor any moral vices but, rather, traits of character that are morally positive in some respects but negative in others. The chapter moves beyond the model’s earlier focus on empirical work pertaining to the moral domains of helping, physical aggression, lying, and cheating. It extends the Mixed Trait Model in two additional areas—resource distribution and theft—and in so doing, considers whether the existing research is compatible with the Mixed Trait Model in order to determine how broadly applicable the model really is. The conclusion is that the results are, so to speak, a mixed bag.

Keywords:   mixed trait, theft, character, honesty, dishonesty, Daniel Batson, justice, cheating, moral hypocrisy

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