Toward Thriving Communities: Virtue Ethics as Social Ethics

Toward Thriving Communities: Virtue Ethics as Social Ethics

by Brian Stiltner

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Overview


What is the relationship between personal virtue and the common good?

Toward Thriving Communities: Virtue Ethics as Social Ethics demonstrates how developing individual virtue can lead to a vision for collaboratively improving the wider world. With chapter overviews and summaries, review questions, integrated case studies, definitions, and suggestions for further reading, this text provides a thorough and accessible case for the inseparable pursuits of both personal and societal flourishing.

Brian Stiltner is professor of theology and religious studies and department chair of philosophy, theology, and religious studies at Sacred Heart University.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599826899
Publisher: Anselm Academic
Publication date: 01/15/2016
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author


Brian Stiltner is professor of theology and religious studies and department chair of philosophy, theology, and religious studies at Sacred Heart University.

Table of Contents


Contents

Introduction

PART 1 VIRTUE ETHICS AS PERSONAL, COMMUNAL, AND SOCIAL ETHICS

1. Approaches to Ethics

Levels of Ethics

A Definition of Ethics

The Personal and Social Dimensions of Ethics

Normative Ethical Theories

Applying the Three Theories--A Case Study

Conclusion

2. Virtues: Norms for Acting and Living

Understanding Virtue

Illustrating the Four Elements of Virtue--A Case Study

Specific Virtues as Norms

Conclusion

3. Human Flourishing: The Purpose of Life, the Purpose of Ethics

The Quest for Happiness

Understanding Human Flourishing through the Ancient

Philosophers

The Security of Flourishing--Aristotle and the Stoics

Specifying Resources for Flourishing--The Capabilities Approach

Two Children's Flourishing--A Case Study

Conclusion

4. Communities: The Contexts for Becoming Good and Living Well

Community Matters

The Art of Association: Groups as Mediating Institutions

Community as a Hindrance to Character and Flourishing

Community as a Help to Character and Flourishing

The Character of Our Communities

Conclusion

PART 2 THE PURSUIT OF FLOURISHING IN SOCIAL CONTEXTS / 131

5. Families: First Teachers and Promoters of the Common Good

Family Matters

Families and Family Members

Families and Society

Challenges within Families and Virtuous Responses

Challenges outside Families and Virtuous Responses

Conclusion

6. Schools: Education for the Good Society

Education Matters

The Shape of Education: Settings, Types of Schools, and Philosophies

Schools and Their Members

Schools and Society

Challenges within Schools and Virtuous Responses

Challenges outside Schools and Virtuous Responses

Conclusion

7. Work: Meaning on the Job, Responsibility in the Economy

Work Matters

Businesses and Their Members

Businesses and Society

Challenges within Businesses and Virtuous Responses

Challenges outside Businesses and Virtuous Responses

Conclusion

8. Service: Groups That Promote Charity, Justice, and Purpose

Service Matters

Volunteer Groups and Their Member

Volunteer Groups and Society

Challenges within Volunteer Groups and Virtuous Responses

Challenges outside Volunteer Groups and Virtuous Responses

Conclusion

Index

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