Given the date is a number of weeks away, here is some suggested background meeting:
A summary in the history of philosophy on the question from the Greeks to the present day at the Stanford University encyclopaedia of Philosophy project:
In parallel there is the new field called 'Moral Psychology' which looks at psychological evidence in terms of evaluating moral philosophical statements. Again here is nice summary:
Some questions to consider to guide the discussion. I have given my brief answers to these questions just as starting point.
1. What is your own personal definition of good moral character ?
My view the ideal in brevity is :Honesty, integrity, empathy, good judgement, and some sense of obligation to a higher good than mere self interest.
2. How do we develop good moral character ?
Can we cultivate our irrational subconscious in this direction or is this an illusory effort..
My view: Rely on Cultural and Educational norms. In our multichannel universe, these norms can be lost in the noise.
3.What can we say about the relationship between the content of someone's metaphysical belief system and the 'goodness' of their moral character ?
-Can a Klu Klax Klan member have a good moral character ?
My view: there is weak but meaningful statistical correlation between moral character and the nature of someone's belief systems observed over a sufficient sample size.
4. Why develop on a personal level good moral character ?
Some sages, like Aristotle, argue that this is profound source for personal happiness.
Looking forward to the discussion. James