The virtues of interdisciplinary research: Psychological and philosophical inquiry into self, motivation, and virtue

Blaine J. Fowers, Bradford Cokelet

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Abstract

The authors discuss how deep integration shaped their interdisciplinary collaboration and the creation of their STRIVE-4 Model of traits to guide their own and possibly others’ empirical research on virtue. As they note, the criterion of psychological realism was a constant influence on their theorizing, and was especially evident in the incorporation of the ideas that virtue traits (1) come in degrees (i.e., they are scalar), (2) are role-sensitive, and (3) interact with situational factors. They conclude that virtue research has been fruitful in ways that are not possible when working with the resources of either philosophy or psychology independently, and that conceptual and empirical results have added depth and nuance to the field that builds on decades of scholarship in both disciplines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSelf, Motivation, and Virtue
Subtitle of host publicationInnovative Interdisciplinary Research
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages43-62
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780429522970
ISBN (Print)9780367203177
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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    Fowers, B. J., & Cokelet, B. (2019). The virtues of interdisciplinary research: Psychological and philosophical inquiry into self, motivation, and virtue. In Self, Motivation, and Virtue: Innovative Interdisciplinary Research (pp. 43-62). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429260858-4