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Character, Situation and Behaviour

Vak 2011-2012

Admission requirements

Good comprehension of English.

Description

Most people are comfortable using character ascriptions in everyday conversation. We willingly attribute actions to some trait or other; kindness, cruelty, generosity and so on. In recent years, though, some philosophers have given a critique of characterological language based on the empirical findings from social psychology. This body of evidence seems to suggest that to a surprising extent our actions are the product of seemingly irrelevant situational factors. In this course we will systematically explore the situationist critique and assess it’s impact on our everyday understanding of character and behaviour.

Course objectives

Course objectives will be posted on Blackboard by the start of the course.

Timetable

Tuesday, 9:00-12:00

See Collegeroosters Wijsbegeerte 2011-2012 , Master’s Programmes in Philosophy (Dutch website)
See Timetables Philosophy 2011-2012 , Master’s Programmes in Philosophy (English website)

Mode of instruction

Seminar.

Assessment method

Oral presentation and paper.

Blackboard

Yes

Reading list

  • John Doris, Lack of Character
  • Additional readings on Blackboard.

Registration

Please register for this course on uSis.

Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.

Contact information

T.E. Bates

Remarks

Specialisation (MA Philosophy): Ethics and Politics
Specialisations (MA Philosophy of a Specific Discipline): Philosophy of Humanities, Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Political Science, Philosophy of Medical Sciences