Dr Alan T Wilson

PhD (Edin.), MLitt (Glas.), MA (hons) (Glas.)

  • BS6 6JL

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My research covers a range of topics mainly within ethics and epistemology. Much of my work focuses on positive character traits ("virtues") and negative character traits ("vices"). I am interested in developing accounts of the nature of specific traits (such as honesty, courage, modesty, compassion and open-mindedness) and in thinking about the relationships between them.

I also work on the practical issue of how these character traits can be developed or corrupted. Questions for my current research include: How can our educational institutions help to encourage the development of moral and intellectual virtues? And what are the social factors that can inhibit the development of positive traits?

I have also recently been working on questions within the philosophy of well-being, including: To what extent is our well-being determined by our own subjective attitudes? And do we require different ways of thinking about well-being for different stages of our lives?

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  • Unity of the Intellectual Virtues

    Wilson, A. T., 9 Jun 2021, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Synthese. 199, 3-4, p. 9835-9854 20 p.

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  • The Virtue of Aesthetic Courage

    Wilson, A. T., Oct 2020, In: The British Journal of Aesthetics. 60, 4, p. 455-469 ayaa022.

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  • Admiration and the Development of Moral Virtue

    Wilson, A., 1 Mar 2019, The Moral Psychology of Admiration. Grahle, A. & Archer, A. (eds.). Rowman and Littlefield, p. 201-215 (Moral Psychology of the Emotions).

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