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Character and Moral Psychology$
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Christian B. Miller

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199674367

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199674367.001.0001

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The Big Five

The Big Five

(p.129) 6 The Big Five
Character and Moral Psychology

Christian Miller

Oxford University Press

The Big Five personality traits (or Five-Factor model) are almost never discussed at length in the philosophy literature, even despite the recent heated debates which have arisen about the empirical adequacy of character traits. Yet in the area of personality psychology, it would not be an overstatement to say that the Big Five have come to dominate the field, with thousands of relevant papers appearing in just the past five years. This chapter first briefly reviews some of the claims made in personality psychology about the Big Five trait taxonomy, before turning to the central question of how consistent that taxonomy is with the Mixed Trait approach.

Keywords:   Big Five, Five-Factor model, Five-Factor theory, Lewis Goldberg, Robert McCrae, Paul Costa, character trait, characteristic adaptations, basic tendencies

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