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STABILITY AND OPENNESS OF CHARACTER

Authors


  • Robert C. Roberts is Distinguished Professor of Ethics at Baylor University. His primary interest is in moral psychology, especially emotion theory and the virtues. Recent work includes Intellectual Virtues: An Essay in Regulative Epistemology (Oxford University Press, 2007), “Emotions and the Canons of Evaluation” (in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Emotions, 2010), “Emotions in the Epistemology of Paul the Apostle” (in Passion and Passivity, forthcoming), and “Kierkegaard's Virtue Epistemology: A Modest Proposal” (in Why Kierkegaard Matters, 2010).

abstract

This paper clarifies how stability of character is a good thing and how it is related to being open to change for the better by considering four ways character can be stable or unstable and four stable characteristics that are forms of openness to improvement of character.

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