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OZSW Moral Psychology Study Group Meeting with Alessandra Tanesini
11 December 2019 @ 13:30 - 17:30| Free
The next meeting of the OZSW Moral Psychology Study Group will be at Tilburg University Room DZ08 on December 11th. Our special guest for this meeting is Professor Alessandra Tanesini from Cardiff University who talk about Intellectual Character Virtues and Attitudes (abstract below). We will also have three talks from three PhD students who are members of the group. Attendance is free, to register please email firstname.lastname@example.org
13:30- 14.15 Georgina Mills: Swallowing Traumatic Anger
14:30- 15.15 Thijs Heijmeskamp: Vague Intuitions and Sharp Distinctions: reassessing dual process theory in moral psychology
15.15- 16:00 Yvette Drissen: What Role Should Competition Play in Society?
16.15 – 17.30 Alessandra Tanesini: Intellectual character virtues and attitudes
Abstract: In this chapter I articulate a novel account of the psychological underpinnings of character virtues and vices. In my view character virtues and vices are grounded in clusters of attitudes, understood as summary evaluations of their targets, serving distinctive functions. In the first section I provide an overview of some key features of moral and intellectual character virtues and vices. In the second section I explain the notion of attitude and describe its principal aspects. My focus is on attitude’s object, content, structure, function and strength. In the third section I show that attitudes possess the key features attributed to character virtues and vices. Attitudes therefore emerge as a likely candidate for the construct that underpins character traits. In the fourth section I provide further indirect evidence for my view. Using the theory that vices are clusters of attitudes, I develop detailed accounts of the nature and manifestations of two intellectual character vices: epistemic arrogance and epistemic servility or obsequiousness. Its ability to throw light into the complexities of these character traits is a further indication of the power of the theory.
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