The Complexity of Moral Psychology

Nomy Arpaly

in Unprincipled Virtue

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780195152043
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785780 | DOI:
 The Complexity of Moral Psychology

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This chapter explores some complexities of moral life that have not received due attention, but should be of interest to moral psychologists. It presents a collection of cases in which phenomena that occur in real life appear to be different from the paradigmatic cases contemporary moral psychologists try to accommodate. These include the cases of inadvertent virtue and misguided conscience; belief formation “under the influence” or intentionally induced belief; external desires and the closet homosexual; self control and unconscious motivation; deliberation, reflection, and getting through the day; and rationality and unconsciousness.

Keywords: moral psychology; virtue; conscience; belief; external desires; closet homosexual; self control; motivation; deliberation; rationality

Chapter.  12351 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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