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The Virtuous PsychiatristCharacter Ethics in Psychiatric Practice$
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Jennifer Radden and John Sadler

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195389371

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389371.001.0001

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Character and Social Role

Character and Social Role

(p.151) 6 Character and Social Role
The Virtuous Psychiatrist

Jennifer Radden (Contributor Webpage)

John Z. Sadler

Oxford University Press

Some tensions inherent in joining the traditional concept of character to that of social roles are outlined in Chapter 6. They are illustrated through a discussion of the moral psychological dangers that attend role morality: inner compartmentalization or lack of integrity, inconstant virtues (honored in one role and neglected in another), and apparently incompatible roles (such as healer and upholder of criminal justice). Some difficulties springing from the way virtues are habituated, are also introduced, including the ethical status of virtues that are merely feigned (as when the practitioner pretends an empathic response to the patient that is not wholehearted or genuine).

Keywords:   character-based ethics, dual and incompatible roles, familial roles, feigning virtues, identity-conferring roles, inconstant virtue, inner compartmentalization, robust traits (Doris), role morality, semblances and counterfeits of virtue, situationism (Doris)

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