Positive Psychology, the Classification of Character Strengths and Virtues, and Issues of Measurement – Nancy E. Snow (2019)

Abstract: This essay raises concerns about positive psychology’s classification of character strengths and virtues and issues of measurement. Part I examines the process whereby the classification was compiled. Part II turns to issues of measurement and questions about positive psychologists’ sensitivity to variations in the meanings of the constructs they purport to measure, both withinContinue reading “Positive Psychology, the Classification of Character Strengths and Virtues, and Issues of Measurement – Nancy E. Snow (2019)”

Suffering, Virtue, and Character: Why the Science of Virtue Matters – Nancy E. Snow (2020)

Abstract: One of the main arguments that has been given for the importance of virtue is that it is not only important for, but is in fact constitutive of, a life well-lived, necessary for human wellbeing and flourishing. Yet, human life is also profoundly fragile, often filled with, and always vulnerable to, suffering. Thus, weContinue reading “Suffering, Virtue, and Character: Why the Science of Virtue Matters – Nancy E. Snow (2020)”

Virtue Measurement: Theory and Applications – Nancy E. Snow (2020)

Abstract: Our primary aim in this paper is to sketch the account of virtue that we think most amenable to virtue measurement. Our account integrates Whole Trait Theory (WTT) from psychology with a broadly neo-Aristotelian approach to virtue. Our account is ‘ecumenical’ in that it has appeal for a wide range of virtue ethicists. AccordingContinue reading “Virtue Measurement: Theory and Applications – Nancy E. Snow (2020)”

Contemporary Virtue Ethics – Nancy E. Snow (2020)

Abstract: This Element provides an overview of the central components of recent work in virtue ethics. The first section explores central themes in neo-Aristotelian virtue ethics, while the second turns the discussion to major alternative theoretical perspectives. The third section focuses on two challenges to virtue ethics. The first challenge is the self-centeredness or egoismContinue reading “Contemporary Virtue Ethics – Nancy E. Snow (2020)”

Understanding Virtue: Theory and Measurement – Nancy E. Snow (2021)

Abstract: The last thirty years has seen a resurgence of interest in virtue among philosophers, psychologists, and educators. As is often the case with interdisciplinary endeavors, this renewed interest in virtue faces an important challenge—namely, successfully standing up to the requirements imposed by different disciplinary standards. For virtue, this means developing an account that practitionersContinue reading “Understanding Virtue: Theory and Measurement – Nancy E. Snow (2021)”

Validating psychological constructs: Historical, philosophical, and practical dimensions

This book critically examines the historical and philosophical foundations of construct validity theory (CVT), and how these have and continue to inform and constrain the conceptualization of validity and its application in research. CVT has had an immense impact on how researchers in the behavioural sciences conceptualize and approach their subject matter. Yet, there isContinue reading “Validating psychological constructs: Historical, philosophical, and practical dimensions”

Love Thy Neighbour: Community Within a Wisdom of Limits

As he has been for many in his scholarly circles, Frank Richardson has been an invaluable resource to me in my recent and nascent explorations of the psychological lives of persons living in and through the communities of which they are a part. I’m deeply indebted to Frank for his willingness to help me workContinue reading “Love Thy Neighbour: Community Within a Wisdom of Limits”

Is there a waning appetite for critical methodology in mainstream scientific psychology?

The discipline of psychology is a stranger to neither crisis nor internal critique. Critical debates have concerned everything from its status as a science, its theoretical and philosophical foundations, to general and particular critiques of the methods and methodology which have been sanctioned and privileged within in. Yet, it appears that the key messages comingContinue reading “Is there a waning appetite for critical methodology in mainstream scientific psychology?”

Problematic research practices and inertia in scientific psychology: History, sources, and recommended solutions

This volume explores the abiding intellectual inertia in scientific psychology in relation to the discipline’s engagement with problematic beliefs and assumptions underlying mainstream research practices, despite repeated critical analyses which reveal the weaknesses, and in some cases complete inappropriateness, of these methods. Such paradigmatic inertia is especially troublesome for a scholarly discipline calming status asContinue reading “Problematic research practices and inertia in scientific psychology: History, sources, and recommended solutions”