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Joel J. Kupperman

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780195096545

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195096545.001.0001

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The Place of Character in Ethics

The Place of Character in Ethics

(p.140) 7 The Place of Character in Ethics

Joel J. Kupperman

Oxford University Press

This chapter attempts to examine the place of character in ethical philosophy. For the reason that of our ability to put ourselves in one another's places while taking most elements of our own characters as given, there is a strong tendency not to think of the relevance of character to the value in a life and to concentrate on how externals fall out. A person's character matters a great deal to the value within her or his life. Character is crucial to the value of a life, but character is a personal matter in a number of senses. A large part of the place of character in ethics is in making possible a clearer and more realistic sense of the values of virtue. Ethical philosophy can provide adequate accounts of the moral choices and values in people's lives only if the crucial role of character is recognized and examined.

Keywords:   ethics, character, ethical philosophy, sensitivity, ethical choice, moral, moral holidays, snapshot view, ethical theories, philosophical ethics

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