Long time reader; first time poster. I'm breaking my silence because we've just finished a paper on virtue ethics and the person-situation debate that might be of interest to some X-Philes. There aren't many philosophers (or psychologists for that matter) who would be interested in a paper about the true meaning of the correlation coefficient and how it relates to the person-situation debate. But, given the discussion here, I'm guessing that some of you might be.
Here are the details.
What Situationist Experiments Show.
John Campbell, Sarah Meerschaert, Anthony Chemero
Abstract: Recent critiques of virtue ethics presume that the situationist side is the clear winner in the person-situation debate in psychology. This widely shared presumption is based on some striking findings on the power of situations to influence behavior. However, careful consideration of the empirical evidence and, especially, the nature of correlation coefficients shows that personality traits also account for a large proportion of the variability in human behavior. So the presumed victory for the situationist side is premature at best.
Comments most appreciated.