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Varieties of Moral Personality

Varieties of Moral Personality

Ethics and Psychological Realism

Owen Flanagan

ISBN 9780674932197

Publication date: 01/01/1993

Owen Flanagan argues in this book for a more psychologically realistic ethical reflection and spells out the ways in which psychology can enrich moral philosophy. Beginning with a discussion of such “moral saints” as Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Oskar Schindler, Flanagan charts a middle course between an ethics that is too realistic and socially parochial and one that is too idealistic, giving no weight to our natures.


  • Flanagan’s book prepares a framework for the balanced interchange between empirical studies and their varied interpretations. Rigorous in its search, the value of this book lies in its capacity to ferret out the conditional bonds between human psychology and ethical expectations.

    —E. Mark Stern, Contemporary Psychology


  • Owen Flanagan is Professor of Philosophy, Duke University.

Book Details

  • 410 pages
  • 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press