Understanding the Importance and Perceived Structure of Moral Character

Geoffrey P. Goodwin, Jared Piazza and Paul Rozin

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Published in print November 2015 | ISBN: 9780190204600
Published online November 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780190204624 | DOI:
Understanding the Importance and Perceived Structure of Moral Character

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Chapter 4 considers the importance of moral character in the impressions and evaluations we form of other people in our daily lives, reporting on recent research showing that moral character is extremely important in person perception and evaluation, much more so than the related notion of social warmth. Moral character is also seen as fundamental to identity. The chapter raises three central questions about the perception of moral character that remain to be answered: (i) Is morality properly conceived of as a third dimension of person and group perception, separate from both competence and warmth? (ii) How is morality and warmth information actually obtained in ordinary social interactions?, and (iii) What is the perceived structure of moral character? It then take some preliminary steps in these directions.

Keywords: moral character; person perception; social cognition; impression formation; morality; warmth; sociability

Chapter.  12270 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy ; Philosophy

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