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Title: Philosophical Prerequisites for a Discussion of the Neurobiology of Virtue
Author(s): MULLINS, Andy
Journal: Ethical Perspectives
Volume: 23    Issue: 4   Date: 2016   
Pages: 689-708
DOI: 10.2143/EP.23.4.3188787

Abstract :
The results of studies identifying neural regions active in moral activity are increasingly available. Yet a successful investigation into the neural bases of moral character requires distinct philosophical foundations: a philosophy of mind having an appropriate metaphysical basis, and a moral psychology including a reasoned account of embodied rationality and emotion. The virtue based understanding of character development as proposed by Aristotle and Aquinas offers a most promising basis for the identification of the neurobiology of virtue. It appears to satisfy these philosophical prerequisites and the insights offered by the Aristotelian/Thomistic account for the distinctions between the virtues appear to be of great assistance in the task.

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