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Living Morally: A Psychology of Moral Character

Living Morally: A Psychology of Moral Character (Paperback)

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Laurence Thomas addresses two main questions in this philosophical exploration of morality: What constitutes a moral life? How does one acquire and maintain a good moral character? In answering these questions, he maintains that social interaction is the thread from which the fabric of moral character is woven, and he promotes friendship and parental upbringing as the most important forms of social interaction. Thomas rejects the view now prominent in contemporary ethical theory that individuals are essentially self-interested. Instead he argues that a great deal of altruism can be found in the biological and psychological make-up of human beings. Thomas defends the view that sociobiology can serve as a basis for ethics. Regarding this 'capacity for altruism' as a natural gift or talent, he observes that whether or not a quality flourishes is dependent upon the nature of one's social environment. Thomas contends that within each person's social environment, parental love, companion friendships, and our beliefs about how others will treat us provide the strongest encouragement for developing a good moral character.

Laurence Thomas is Professor of Philosophy and an affiliate member of the Department of Political Science at Syracuse University.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesWestern philosophyWestern philosophy, from c 1900 -Analytical philosophy & Logical Positivism Publisher: Temple University Press,U.S. Publication Date: 01/06/1990 ISBN-13: 9780877227786  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
Availability: Currently unavailable. Foyles can order for despatch to customer when the publisher is re-supplied on 11/06/1990.  

Laurence Thomas is Professor of Philosophy and an affiliate member of the Department of Political Science at Syracuse University.

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