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Moral Character: Current Insights and Future Directions
Moral Character: Current Insights and Future Directions
Erik G. Helzer Eranda Jayawickreme R. Michael Furr

The study of moral character has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years, thanks in large part to a renewed interest in the scientific study of morality, recent discoveries about the nature of moral thought and behavior, and advances in the study of personality. In this chapter, we review the fruits of contemporary moral character research and argue that this body of work puts the study of moral character on firm empirical ground: there is cross-situational and temporal stability in thoughts and behaviors related to traditional virtues such as honesty, ...

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