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Unformatted text preview: Isen and Levins Feeling Good and Helping Finding a dime in the phone booth increases helping behavior Darley and Batsons Good Samaritans Being in a hurry decreases helping behavior These studies certainly show that circumstance is a good predictor of behavior. Do they show that character is not? The first and the fourth address this most explicitly. Doris concludes that the descriptive claims of virtue theory are false. He further holds that the normative claims are unhelpful. One would do better suggesting that people be more aware of the influence of situation, the better to confront it. (Kamtekar objects that we cannot always avoid bad situations; but that seems unfair to Doris. Avoidance is only one strategy that is suggested by situationism; another is just the awareness that ones actions are likely to be corrupted by circumstance.)...
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