Virtue Ethics / Edition 1

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Overview

Virtue Ethics collects, for the first time, the main classical sources and the central contemporary expressions of virtue ethics approach to normative ethical theory. Edited and introduced by Stephen Darwall, these readings are essential for anyone interested in normative theory.

  • Introduced by Stephen Darwall, this collection brings together classic and contemporary readings which define and advance the literature on virtue ethics.
  • Includes six essays which respond to the classic sources.
  • Includes a contemporary discussion on character and virtue by Gary Watson.
  • Includes classic essays by Aristotle, Francis Hutcheson and David Hume, and recent reactions to this work by philosophers including Philippa Foot, John McDowell, Alasdair MacIntyre, Annette Baier, Rosalind Hursthouse, and Michael Slote.
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“Finally, here's a book that can get one well launched on the study of virtue ethics. Containing classical texts and groundbreaking contemporary essays, it reprints some of the great pivotal pieces that showcase the theory's appeal. Unlike other readers, it represents both the Aristotelian and sentiment-based virtue traditions. It is high time we had such a unique and useful collection available.” Rachel Cohon, The University at Albany, State University of New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631231141
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Series: Wiley Blackwell Readings in Philosophy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Darwall is the John Dewey Collegiate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan. He has written widely on moral philosophy and its history, and is the author of Impartial Reason (1983), The British Moralists and the Internal 'Ought': 1640–1740 (1995), Philosophical Ethics (1998), and Welfare and Rational Care (2002). He is the editor, with Allan Gibbard and Peter Railton, of Moral Discourse and Practice (1997).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

PART I. CLASSICAL SOURCES.

1. From The Nicomachean Ethics (Aristole).

2. From An Inquiry into the Original of Our Idea of Virtue (Francis Hutcheson).

3. From Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals (David Hume).

PART II. CONTEMPORARY EXPRESSIONS.

4. Virtues and Vices (Philippa Foot).

5. Virtue and Reason (John McDowell).

6. The Nature of the Virtues (Alasdair MacIntyre).

7. What Do Women Want in a Moral Theory (Annette Baier).

8. Normative Virtue Ethics (Roaslind Hursthouse).

9. Agent-Based Virtue Ethics (Michael Slote).

PART III. CONTEMPORARY DISCUSSION.

10. On the Primacy of Character (Gary Watson).

Index.

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