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"Miller's book pair merits praise for the breadth of its empirically-informed approach to virtue ethics. And, hopefully, the philosophical work Miller's response-rich arguments will inevitably inspire will mirror his precision of writing and argumentation... a welcome addition to a body of literature whose development Miller's book pair significantly and compellingly advances." --Mind
"Miller's book (and the companion volume referred to above) is and ought to be required reading for everyone working on problems and questions in the interface between moral philosophy and (empirical) moral psychology. Not only does Miller provide the best and most up to date overview of the field that I know of. He also moves the discussion further, raises new and interesting questions and helps to steer the debate away from a number of dead ends."
"Christian Miller's book, together with its companion volume, Moral Character (2013), is among the most substantial -- and among the very best -- contributions to the virtue ethics and situationism debate."
--Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews Online
"Christian B. Miller is an astute analytic philosopher who can be relied upon to write penetratingly about any subject he addresses. . . . Miller tackles quite specific questions, mostly having to do with situationist challenges to the notion of moral character; but he does so with a degree of clarity, insight and originality rarely seen before in the field. . . . This is one of those books that is difficult to overpraise."
--Kristján Kristjánsson, Journal of Moral Education
"Christian Miller's two volumes, Moral Character: An Empirical Theory and Character and Moral Psychology, offer a comprehensive review of psychological research and theory concerning moral character traits and the influence of situational variables on moral behavior. They are essential reading for psychologists and philosophers whose work concerns moral character, moral development, or moral action. Miller challenges long-accepted understandings of virtue and vice, offering a novel alternative grounded in recent
empirical research." -Don Collins Reed, PsycCRITIQUES
"Christian Miller's work on character satisfies on all levels: it is novel yet commonsensical; it is meticulously researched yet explained with ease. It crosses seamlessly between disciplinary boundaries. Indeed, one often feels that Miller is not doing interdisciplinary research, in the sense of crossing from one discipline to the next, but is instead building a science of character in itself. In this respect, Character and Moral Psychology serves as a model for the science of character and for continued work that lies at the intersection of philosophy and psychology." -- Ethics
"The book is likely to advance the reader along new, interesting, and insightful lines. It is exceptionally lucid, it offers a good summary of Miller's thinking as well as the contemporary philosophical and psychological approaches to character, and it constantly appeals to our commonsensical understanding of virtue." -- Nicholas Kahm, The Thomist
About the Author
Christian Miller is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Wake Forest University. His main areas of research are meta-ethics, moral psychology, moral character, action theory, and philosophy of religion. He is also the author of Moral Character: An Empirical Theory (OUP 2013), and the editor of The Continuum Companion to Ethics (Continuum 2011) and Essays in the Philosophy of Religion (OUP 2006). His work has appeared in such journals as Nous, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Philosophical Studies, Philosophical Psychology, The Journal of Ethics, Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, and Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion. He is the director of The Character Project (www.thecharacterproject.com), which is funded by a substantial grant for the study of character from the John Templeton Foundation.