Working Virtue: Virtue Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems

Working Virtue: Virtue Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems

by Rebecca L. Walker, Philip J. Ivanhoe
     
 

Working Virtue is the first substantial collective study of virtue theory and contemporary moral problems. Leading figures in ethical theory and applied ethics discuss topics in bioethics, professional ethics, ethics of the family, law, interpersonal ethics, and the emotions. Virtue ethics is centrally concerned with character traits or virtues and vices such as

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Working Virtue is the first substantial collective study of virtue theory and contemporary moral problems. Leading figures in ethical theory and applied ethics discuss topics in bioethics, professional ethics, ethics of the family, law, interpersonal ethics, and the emotions. Virtue ethics is centrally concerned with character traits or virtues and vices such as courage (cowardice), kindness (heartlessness), and generosity (stinginess). These character traits must be looked to in any attempt to understand which particular actions are right or wrong and how we ought to live our lives. As a theoretical approach, virtue ethics has made an impressive comeback in relatively recent history, both posing an alternative to, and, in some ways, complementing well-known theoretical stances such as utilitarianism and deontology. Yet there is still very little material available that presents virtue-ethical approaches to practical contemporary moral problems, such as what we owe distant strangers, our parents, or even non-human animals. This book fills the gap by dealing with these and other pressing moral problems in a clear and theoretically nuanced manner. The contributors offer a variety of perspectives, including pluralistic, eudaimonistic, care-theoretical, Chinese, comparative, and stoic. This variety allows the reader to appreciate not only the wide range of topics for which a virtue-ethical approach may be fitting, but also the distinctive ways in which such an approach may be manifested.

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ISBN-13:
9780199570867
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/01/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors     viii
Introduction   Rebecca L. Walker   Philip J. Ivanhoe     1
Caring as Relation and Virtue in Teaching   Nel Noddings     41
Professing Medicine, Virtue Based Ethics, and the Retrieval of Professionalism   Edmund D. Pellegrino     61
Doctoring and Self-Forgiveness   Jeffrey Blustein     87
Virtue Ethics as Professional Ethics: The Case of Psychiatry   Jennifer Radden     113
Trust, Suffering, and the Aesculapian Virtues   Annette C. Baier     135
Environmental Virtue Ethics   Rosalind Hursthouse     155
The Good Life for Non-Human Animals: What Virtue Requires of Humans   Rebecca L. Walker     173
Law, Morality, and Virtue   Peter Koller     191
Virtue Ethics, Role Ethics, and Business Ethics   Christine Swanton     207
Racial Virtues   Lawrence Blum     225
Virtue and a Warrior's Anger   Nancy Sherman     251
Famine, Affluence, and Virtue   Michael Slote     279
Filial Piety as a Virtue   Philip J. Ivanhoe     297
Index     313

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