H. Social Epistemology, Pragmatism & Virtue Theory > The "Situationist" Challenge to Character Traits

If one wants to see initial connections between virtue theory and pragmatism, consider that it has largely been the Deweyans who have responded to the situationists (no virtue epistemologists to my knowledge have even addressed the issue). Gilbert Harman, Peter Vranas & J.M. Doris are among those "situationists" in psychology who find the idea that virtue theories seem to presuppose, of stable character traits, scientifically unsound. For anyone whose read some of this material, what do you find most interesting in the situationist criticism of the concept of moral character? Does that critique also pose a threat to the idea of intellectual character as well, or is the situationists' argument that humans do not generally display "consistency" or stable dispositions more valid in the one are or the other>
June 6, 2006 | Registered CommenterGuy Axtell