Habits in Mind

Integrating Theology, Philosophy, and the Cognitive Science of Virtue, Emotion, and Character Formation

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Gregory R. Peterson, James A. Van Slyke, Michael I. Spezio, Kevin S. Reimer
Philosophical Studies in Science and Religion
  • Boston, MA: 
    , June
     303 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Raymond Studzinski forthcoming.


The language of habit plays a central role in traditional accounts of the virtues, yet it has received only modest attention among contemporary scholars of philosophy, psychology, and religion. This volume explores the role of both “mere habits” and sophisticated habitus in the moral life. Beginning with an essay by Stanley Hauerwas and edited by Gregory R. Peterson, James A. Van Slyke, Michael L. Spezio, and Kevin S. Reimer, the volume explores the history of the virtues and habit in Christian thought, the contributions that psychology and neuroscience make to our understanding of habitus, freedom, and character formation, and the relation of habit and habitus to contemporary philosophical and theological accounts of character formation and the moral life.

Contributors are: Joseph Bankard, Dennis Bielfeldt, Craig Boyd, Charlene Burns, Mark Graves, Brian Green, Stanley Hauerwas, Todd Junkins, Adam Martin, Darcia Narvaez, Gregory R. Peterson, Kevin S. Reimer, Lynn C. Reimer, Michael L. Spezio, Kevin Timpe, and George Tsakiridis.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Gregory R. Peterson is professor of philosophy and religion at South Dakota State University. He is the author of numerous publications on philosophy, religion, and behavioural and cognitive science.

James A. Van Slyke is assistant professor of psychology at Fresno Pacific University. His research primarily focuses on psychology of religion, moral psychology, and religion & science. 

Michael L. Spezio is associate professor of psychology & neuroscience at Scripps College and Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Systems Neuroscience, University of Hamburg Medical Center.

Kevin S. Reimer is director of undergraduate programs in the UC Irvine School of Education. A development psychologist and former academic dean, his research has been profiled on NPR.

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