ERIC Number: ED421503
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Do Philosophical Tendencies Correlate with Personality Types?
Barger, Robert N.; Kubitschek, Warren N.; Barger, Josephine C.
Both philosophical tendencies and personality types have potential importance for questions in the area of moral development. This paper explores whether there is any correlation between the two. Both are ways of trying to understand people and their behavior. An inventory of 40 Likert-scale items, the Ross-Barger Philosophy Inventory (C. Ross and R. Barger, 1990), was used to measure philosophical tendencies for 50 college students. An inventory of 36 forced-choice items, the Keirsey Character Sorter (D. Keirsey, 1998), was used to measure personality types. Results show that some personality types are moderately related to certain philosophical beliefs, but for the most part, personality and philosophy are essentially unrelated. Even where personality and philosophy are related, the relationship is not strong. Reasons for these findings are explored. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Diego, CA, April 13-17, 1998).