The Character Gap by Christian B. Miller audiobook

The Character Gap: How Good Are We?

By Christian B. Miller
Read by Johnny Heller

Tantor Audio 9780190264222

The Philosophy in Action Series

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    ISBN: 9781630154097

We like to think of ourselves, our friends, and our families as decent people. We may not be saints, but we are still honest, relatively kind, and mostly trustworthy. Miller argues here that we are badly mistaken in thinking this. Hundreds of recent studies in psychology tell a different story: that we all have serious character flaws that prevent us from being as good as we think we are—and that we do not even recognize that these flaws exist. But neither are most of us cruel or dishonest. Instead, Miller argues, we are a mixed bag. On the one hand, most of us in a group of bystanders will do nothing as someone cries out for help in an emergency. Yet it is also true that there will be many times when we will selflessly come to the aid of a complete stranger—and resist the urge to lie, cheat, or steal even if we could get away with it. Much depends on cues in our social environment. Miller uses this recent psychological literature to explain what the notion of "character" really means today, and how we can use this new understanding to develop a character better in sync with the kind of people we want to be.

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Summary

Summary

We like to think of ourselves, our friends, and our families as decent people. We may not be saints, but we are still honest, relatively kind, and mostly trustworthy. Miller argues here that we are badly mistaken in thinking this. Hundreds of recent studies in psychology tell a different story: that we all have serious character flaws that prevent us from being as good as we think we are—and that we do not even recognize that these flaws exist. But neither are most of us cruel or dishonest. Instead, Miller argues, we are a mixed bag. On the one hand, most of us in a group of bystanders will do nothing as someone cries out for help in an emergency. Yet it is also true that there will be many times when we will selflessly come to the aid of a complete stranger—and resist the urge to lie, cheat, or steal even if we could get away with it. Much depends on cues in our social environment. Miller uses this recent psychological literature to explain what the notion of "character" really means today, and how we can use this new understanding to develop a character better in sync with the kind of people we want to be.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This is a book full of insight, informed by research and written by someone with a profound understanding of character…A must read.” James Arthur, director of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, University of Birmingham
“The topic of character is both timeless and timely…Especially lucid and personal.” Angela Duckworth, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
“Miller cautions that this is not a self-help book. Don’t believe him…Anyone serious about traveling the road to character should bring this book on the journey.” James K. A. Smith, professor of philosophy, Calvin College, and author of You Are What You Love
“A clear and valuable summary of the research on character and argues persuasively that character is built, not given.” Wall Street Journal

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Author Bio: Christian B. Miller

Author Bio: Christian B. Miller

Christian B. Miller is the A. C. Reid Professor of Philosophy at Wake Forest University and director of the Character Project, funded by the John Templeton Foundation and the Templeton World Charity Foundation. He is the author of over seventy-five papers as well as the books Moral Character: An Empirical Theory and Character and Moral Psychology. He is also the editor or coeditor of Essays in the Philosophy of Religion, Character: New Directions from Philosophy, Psychology, and Theology, and several other volumes.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/Philosophy
Audience: Adult
Language: English