Popular Writing

The Character Gap: How Good Are We? New York: Oxford University Press, 2017. 296 pages. Available here.

“What Does ‘Character’ Even Mean?” Character.org. January 2019.

“Are You As Good As You Think?” The Institute of Art and Ideas. July 2018.

“Should You Tell Everyone They’re Honest?” Nautilus Magazine. June 2018.

“The Foundations of Morality.” Fathom Magazine. June 2018.

“Empathy.” Fathom Magazine. June 2018.
Published as well at The Partially Examined Life Blog. September 2018.

The Power of Empathy for Good in the World

“Why the Church Needs to Refocus on the Concept of Character.” Relevant Magazine. June 2018.

“How Can We Become Better Humans?” Greater Good Magazine. May 2018.

“True Generosity Involves More Than Just Giving.” Aeon. May 2018.
Reprinted in Quartz as “Are You Generous? The Three Requirements of True Generosity.”

Reprinted in The Week as “The True Meaning of Generosity.”


“From Monogamy to Politics, the Concept of Honesty is More Complex than You Think.” Prospect Magazine. April 2018.

“How to Stay Honest This Tax Season.” The Conversation. March 2018.
Reprinted in Newsweek as “How Not to Cheat on your Taxes – A Handy Guide.”
Reprinted in the Los Angeles Times as “How to Stay Honest This Tax Season.”

Reprinted in the Chicago Tribune, Salon, The News & Observer, Penn Live, Fort Bend Herald, ORBITER Magazine, Fox 12 Oregon, CBS 46 Atlanta, Fox Carolina, and Yahoo News.

“The Heights and Depths of our Characters.” Virtue Insight Blog. February 2018.

“How Little We Know About Character.” The Philosopher’s Magazine 80 (2018): 58-64.

“Science-Tested Tips to Be a Better Person.” The Wall Street Journal. January 2018.

“4 Ways to Become a Better Person in 2018.” The Dallas Morning News. December 2017.

“Some of the Mysteries of Good Character.” Oxford University Press Blog. December 2017.

“2017: Time for a “Post-Truth” Reality Check?” Veritas. December 2016.

2017: time for a “post-truth” reality check?

“How the Ten Commandments Stop Us from Cheating.” Christianity Today. October 2016. http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2016/october-web-only/stop-cheating-with-ten-commandments.html

“Why Tonight’s Debate is ‘Narcissist’ Trump v ‘Liar’ Clinton.” New Scientist. September, 2016. https://www.newscientist.com/article/2107059-why-tonights-debate-is-narcissist-trump-v-liar-clinton/.

“Teaching Good Traits: Do Character-Bolstering Projects Work?” New Scientist. September, 2015. https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22730400-200-teaching-good-traits-do-character-bolstering-projects-work/

“Morality from God” (in Polish), Filozofui! Forthcoming.

“How I Got Interested in the Philosophy of Character.” Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues Insight Series, June 2015, http://www.jubileecentre.ac.uk/userfiles/jubileecentre/pdf/insight-series/Miller%20C.pdf

“Comments on Goldschmidt’s ‘Commanding Belief.’” Association for the Philosophy of Judaism Online Symposium, June 2015. http://www.theapj.com/symposium-on-goldschmidts-commanding-belief/

“What If the World Were About to End?” (in Polish), Filozofuj! 2015, 51.

“Answering “Why Be Good?” for a Three Year Old” Slate. April, 2015. http://www.slate.com/bigideas/why-be-good/essays-and-opinions/answering-why-be-good-for-a-three-year-old.

“Questions of Character” Blog at Psychology Today. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/questions-character.

“Which Beliefs Contribute to Virtuous Behavior?” Invited Paper for The Big Questions Online. June, 2012. http://www.bigquestionsonline.com/.