Positive psychology on character strengths and virtues : a disquieting suggestion

2014
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dc.abstract.enThe Values in Action (VIA) classification of character strengths and virtues has been recently proposed by two leading positive psychologists, Christopher Peterson and Martin Seligman as “the social science equivalent of virtue ethics.” The very possibility of developing this kind of an “equivalent,” however, is very doubtful in the light of the cogent criticism that has been leveled at modern moral theory by Alasdair MacIntyre as well as the well argued accusations that positive psychology, despite its official normative neutrality, is pervaded by specifically Western individualism and instrumentalism. In order to evaluate whether the VIA project can be considered as substantially rooted in virtue ethical tradition, the classification was assessed against two fundamental features of the classical version of the latter: (1) the substantial interconnectedness of individual virtues, as expressed by the thesis of the unity of virtue, and (2) the constitutive character of the relationship between virtue and happiness. It turned out, in result, that the two above features are not only absent from but also contradicted by the VIA framework with the latter's: (1′) construal of individual virtues and character strengths as independent variables and (2′) official endorsement of the fact/value distinction. As soon as the arguments for the superiority of the classical virtue ethical perspective are provided, the potential responses available to the VIA's proponents are discussed.pl
dc.affiliationWydział Zarządzania i Komunikacji Społecznej : Instytut Psychologii Stosowanejpl
dc.contributor.authorBanicki, Konrad - 124974 pl
dc.date.accessioned2015-04-27T11:25:18Z
dc.date.available2015-04-27T11:25:18Z
dc.date.issued2014pl
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dc.description.additionalBibliogr. s. 33-34pl
dc.description.physical21-34pl
dc.description.publication0,6pl
dc.description.versionostateczna wersja wydawcy
dc.description.volume33pl
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.newideapsych.2013.12.001pl
dc.identifier.eissn1873-3522pl
dc.identifier.issn0732-118Xpl
dc.identifier.urihttp://ruj.uj.edu.pl/xmlui/handle/item/5845
dc.languageengpl
dc.language.containerengpl
dc.rights.licenceOTHER
dc.share.typeotwarte czasopismo
dc.subject.enValues in Actionpl
dc.subject.enCharacter strenghtspl
dc.subject.enPetersonpl
dc.subject.enSeligmanpl
dc.subject.enUnity of virtuepl
dc.subject.enFact/value distinctionpl
dc.subtypeArticlepl
dc.titlePositive psychology on character strengths and virtues : a disquieting suggestionpl
dc.title.journalNew Ideas in Psychologypl
dc.typeJournalArticlepl
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