in the New York Times
today is about two views of
character, the philosophers' and psychologists' views. He too simply portrays
the philosophers' view as involving ingrained character traits, which is sadly
how most people seem to view character. I would call this the
mythological view of character.
The psychologists' view of character involves a "multiplicity of
tendencies ... activated by this or that context." This is the
realistic view of character. It's easy to say that someone is "nice" or
"a good person," but people act different with different people, and
they act different in different situations, as well.