Title

“May You Live in Interesting Times”: Moral Philosophy and Empirical Psychology [Review of The Moral Psychology Handbook]

Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

15 p.

Publication Date

2013

Publisher

Brill

Source Publication

Journal of Moral Philosophy

Source ISSN

1745-5243

Original Item ID

doi: 10.1163/17455243-01003001

Abstract

The Moral Psychology Handbook is a contribution to a relatively new genre of philosophical writing, the “handbook.” In the first section, I comment on an expectation about handbooks, namely that handbooks contain works representative of a field, and raise concerns about The Moral Psychology Handbook in this regard. In the rest of the article I comment in detail on two Handbook articles, “Moral Motivation” by Timothy Schroeder, Adina Roskies, and Shaun Nichols, and “Character” by Maria W. Merritt, John M. Doris, and Gilbert Harman. Both articles illustrate the perils as well as the promise of reliance on empirical studies for philosophers who work in moral psychology.

Comments

Journal of Moral Philosophy, Vol. 10, No. 3 (2013): 339-353. DOI.

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