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Adam Smith


Good character is easily confused with good behavior, a simple matter of following “the rules.” But good character is often a matter of breaking the rules, and following the rules is often a sign of bad character. Rules can threaten the development of character. At the same time, the development of character seems to require the use of rules. The paper suggests that in order to use rules safely, to develop rather than diminish character, we must be able to “play” with them.

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Adam Smith, University of Dubuque

Adam Smith is Assistant Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Dubuque.