The Moral Psychology Handbook (2010)
For more information and to purchase: Oxford University Press
The Moral Psychology Handbook offers a survey of contemporary moral psychology, integrating evidence and argument from philosophy and the human sciences. The chapters cover major issues in moral psychology, including moral reasoning, character, moral emotion, positive psychology, moral rules, the neural correlates of ethical judgment, and the attribution of moral responsibility. Each chapter is a collaborative effort, written jointly by leading researchers in the field.
For a review by Dan Haybron (Saint Louis University): Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
Contributors: Fiery Cushman, Joshua D. Green, Gilbert Harman, Daniel Kelly, Joshua Knobe, Edouard Machery, Ron Mallon, Kelby Mason, Maria W. Merritt, Shaun Nichols, Alexandra Plakias, Jesse J. Prinz, Erica Roedder, Adina L. Roskies, Timothy Schroeder, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Stephen Stich, Valerie Tiberius, and Liane Young
Lack of Character: Personality and Moral Behavior (2002)
For more information: Cambridge University Press
To purchase: Amazon.com
Praise for Lack of Character:
“Doris is exploring, and taking the lead in creating, a field of ‘empirically informed ethics.’ He has paid close, careful, imaginative attention to psychological studies that turn out to have relevance to questions of determinant of moral behavior, and has extracted the implications of those studies for the theories that he has also mastered, philosophical accounts of moral character, reasoning, and the production of moral actions. This is a book that will provide impetus to the formerly flagging conversation between those concerned with what is and what ought to be in the domain of morality.”
-John M. Darley, Dorman T. Warren Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs, Princeton University
“Doris is a punch, spirited and bold writer who tackles the important issue of whether we are justified in our belief that there is something called stable moral character that leads to predictable behavior…His arguments do moral psychology proponents an important service by indicating how to integrate moral philosophy with current empirical research…His work should cause quite a stir within virtue ethics circles. At the very least, it should lead to a reexamination of time-worn views about character traits and their manifestations in coherent patterns of actions.”
-Nancy Sherman, University Professor of Philosophy, Georgetown University
“…Lack of Character, is by far the best thing written (that I know of) that is concerned with the implications of recent social psychology for philosophical discussions of virtue and character. John Doris clearly describes various results that suggest strongly that people do not differ in broad based character or personality traits in the way that people ordinarily suppose and he shows how these results tend to undermine most (but not all) philosophical accounts of virtue. Along the way the book refers to and assesses an extraordinarily large literature in psychology, philosophy, and beyond…He works out in considerable detail one very plausible way of thinking of ethics in the light of the facts of psychology.”
-Gilbert Harman, James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy, Princeton University
For a list of works on character and virtue ethics, please see Mark Alfano’s “Skepticism About Character“ bibliography on PhilPapers.