VIRTUE AND PSYCHOLOGY
Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics is a very rich source for understanding the best form of human life. I have been applying his insights to psychological topics for some time, including marriage, goal pursuit, multiculturalism, individual, couple, and family therapy, and ethics. This amounts to reinterpreting psychological theory, research, and practice in virtue ethics terms. This deeply cross-disciplinary work highlights and explains the inherent ethical dimension of human action and flourishing in innovative and fruitful ways. This theory-driven work raises important questions about human flourishing, human excellence, and human nature. I am currently exploring Aristotle's argument that what is good for humans is inextricably tied to our species typical nature. This project involves exploring the ways that Aristotle's ethics and evolutionary theory can lead to a deepened appreciation of natural ethics. I am seeking to integrate cutting edge evolutionary psychology with high level ethical theory. The value of this work will rest in its thorough integration of practicality, scientific grounding, and in-depth ethical theorizing.
Publications

Fowers, B. J., Anderson, A. R., & Lang, S. F. (in press). On properly characterizing moral agency. Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Fowers, B. J., & Anderson, A. R. (in press). Aristotelian philia, contemporary friendship, and some resources for studying close relationships. In T. Harrison & D. I. Walker (Eds.), The theory and practice of virtue education. London: Routledge.

Fowers, B. J. (2017). The deep psychology of eudaimonia and virtue: Belonging, loyalty, and the Anterior Cingulate Cortex. In D. Carr, J. Arthur, & K. Kristjansson (Eds.), Varieties of virtue (pp. 199-216). London: Palgrave/MacMillan.

Fowers, B. J., Richardson, F. C., & Slife, B. D. (2017). Frailty, suffering, and vice: Flourishing in the face of human limitations. Washington, D.C.: APA Books.

Fowers, B. J., Laurenceau, J-P., Penfield, R. D., Cohen, L. M., Lang, S. F., Owenz, M. B., & Pasipandoya, E. (2016). Enhancing relationship quality measurement: The development of the Relationship Flourishing Scale. Journal of Family Psychology, 30, 997-1007.

Fowers, B. J. (2016). Aristotle on eudaimonia: On the virtue of returning to the source. In J. Vittersø (Ed.), The handbook of eudaimonic well-being (pp. 67-83). New York: Springer.

Lefevor, G. T., & Fowers, B. J. (2016). Traits, situational factors, and their interactions as explanations of helping behavior. Journal of Personality and Individual Differences, 92, 159-163.

Fowers, B. J. (2015). The promise of a flourishing theoretical psychology. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 53, 1-15.

Fowers, B. J. (2015). The evolution of ethics: Human sociality and the emergence of ethical mindedness. London, England: Palgrave/McMillan.

Fowers, B. J. (2015). An Aristotelian analysis of the structure of human action. In J. Martin, J. Sugarman, & K. Slaney (Eds.), The Wiley handbook of theoretical and philosophical psychology: Methods, approaches and new directions for social science, (pp. 70-84). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley and Sons.

Fowers, B. J., Cohen, L. M., Winakur, E., Lang, S., Lefevor, G. T., & Owenz, M. B. (2014). What makes goals choiceworthy? A qualitative study of hedonic, eudaimonic, and structural motives. Journal of Positive Psychology, 9, 235-253.

Fowers, B. J. (2014). Toward programmatic research on virtue assessment: Challenges and prospects. Theory and Research in Education, 12, 309-328.

Fowers, B. J., & Winakur, E. (2014). Key virtues of the psychotherapist: A eudaimonic view. In S. van Hooft & N. Saunders (Eds.), The handbook of virtue ethics (pp. 386-396). Durham, England: Acumen.

Fowers, B. J. (2012). Placing virtue and the human good in psychology. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 32, 1-9.

Fowers, B. J. (2012). An Aristotelian framework for the human good. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 32, 10-23.

Fowers, B. J., & Owenz, M. B. (2010). A eudaimonic theory of marital quality. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 2, 334-352.

Fowers, B. J., Mollica, C. O., & Procacci, E. N. (2010). Constitutive and instrumental goal orientations and their relations with eudaimonic and hedonic well-being. Journal of Positive Psychology, 5, 139-153.

Fowers, B. J. (2010). Instrumentalism and psychology: Beyond using and being used. Theory & Psychology, 20, 102-124.

Fowers, B. J. (2009). Virtue ethics. In S. J. Lopez (Ed.) The encyclopedia of positive psychology, Vol. 2, (pp. 1011-1016).London: Blackwell.

Fowers, B. J. (2009). Virtues. In S. J. Lopez (Ed.) The encyclopedia of positive psychology, Vol. 2, (pp. 1016-1023). London: Blackwell.

Fowers, B. J. (2008). From continence to virtue: Recovering goodness, character unity, and character types for positive psychology. Theory & Psychology, 18, 629-653.

Fowers, B. J. & Davidov, B. J. (2007). Dialogue as the interplay of otherness and shared humanity. American Psychologist, 62, 705-706.

Fowers, B. J. & Davidov, B. J. (2006). The virtue of multiculturalism: Personal transformation, character, and openness to the other. American Psychologist, 61, 581-594.

Hawkins, A. J., Fowers, B. J., Carroll, J. S., & Yang, C. (2006). Conceptualizing and measuring marital virtues. In S. L. Hofferth & L. M. Casper (Eds.) Handbook of measurement issues in family research (pp. 67-83). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Fowers, B. J. (2005). Virtue and psychology: Pursuing excellence in ordinary practices. Washington, DC: APA Press.

Fowers, B. J. (2005). Psychotherapy, character, and the good life. In B. Slife, J. Reber, & F. C. Richardson, (Eds.), Critical thinking about psychology: Hidden assumptions and plausible alternatives (pp. 39-59). Washington, D. C.: APA Press.

Fowers, B. J. (2003). Reason and human finitude: In praise of practical wisdom. American Behavioral Scientist, 47, 415-426.

Fowers, B. J., & Tjeltveit, A. (2003). Virtue obscured and retrieved: Character, community, and social science practices. American Behavioral Scientist, 47, 387-394.

Fowers, B. J. (2001). The limits of a technical concept of a good marriage: Examining the role of virtues in communication skills. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 27, 327-340.

Fowers, B. J. (2001). Culture, identity, and loyalty: New pathways for a culturally aware psychotherapy. In B. Slife, R. Williams, and S. Barlow, Critical Issues in psychology: Translating new ideas into practice (pp. 263-280). London: Sage.

Fowers, B. J. (2000). Beyond the myth of marital happiness. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.