Moral Philosophy Meets Social Psychology: Virtue Ethics and the Fundamental Attribution Error
Harman, G. (1999). XIV—Moral Philosophy Meets Social Psychology: Virtue Ethics and the Fundamental Attribution Error. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 99 (3): 315-31.
Abstract: Ordinary moral thought often commits what social
psychologists call 'the fundamental attribution error'. This is the error of
ignoring situational factors and overconfidently assuming that distinctive
behaviour or patterns of behaviour are due to an agent's distinctive character
traits. In fact, there is no evidence that people have character traits
(virtues, vices, etc.) in the relevant sense. Since attribution of character
traits leads to much evil, we should try to educate ourselves and others to
stop doing it.
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