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Philosophy in the Contemporary World

Volume 9, Issue 1, Spring/Summer 2002

Patricia Trentacoste
Pages 89-95

Why Aren't Moral People Always Moral?
An Argument for Considering Personality as the Foundational Link Between Biology and Context

In order to reduce internal dissonance and emotional pain, the personality plays a causal role in confabulating consistency among our beliefs, values and actions. To the extent that we are unaware of our own moral ''blind spots," a prima facie duty to engage in self-knowledge exists. Only then can we reduce injustices incurring from moral arrogance.

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