Social Psychology, Mood, and Helping: Mixed Results for Virtue Ethics

The Journal of Ethics,

Christian Miller

I first summarize the central issues in the debate about the empirical adequacy of virtue ethics, and then examine the role that social psychologists claim positive and negative mood have in influencing compassionate helping behavior. I argue that this psychological research is compatible with the claim that many people might instantiate certain character traits after all which allow them to help others in a wide variety of circumstances. Unfortunately for the virtue ethicist, however, it turns out that these helping traits fall well short of exhibiting certain central features of compassion.



(Something interesting I found)Posted: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 by wattawa
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