From Personality to Virtue: Essays on the Philosophy of Character

2016.09.08 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Alberto Masala and Jonathan Webber (eds.), From Personality to Virtue: Essays on the Philosophy of Character, Oxford University
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2016.09.08 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Alberto Masala and Jonathan Webber (eds.), From Personality to Virtue: Essays on the Philosophy of Character, Oxford University Press, 2016, 262pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198746812. Reviewed by Edward Skidelsky, University of Exeter The last decade has seen a revival of enthusiasm for the old Victorian idea that the problems of the poor are essentially moral, not material in nature. The result has been a slew of schemes for "character education", including the UK government's Character Innovation Fund and the Templeton Foundation's Character Development project. Some see this as a well-meaning attempt to alleviate the plight of the needy, others as a cynical ploy to distract attention from weightier problems of inequality and lack of opportunity. Either way, it has given the academic sub-discipline of virtue ethics an unexpected lease of relevance. If character is to be cultivated, it must of course exist.. . .

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