On Virtue Ethics

ISBN-10: 0199247994
ISBN-13: 9780199247998
Edition: 2001
List price: $55.00
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Description: Virtue ethics is perhaps the most important development within late twentieth-century moral philosophy. Rosalind Hursthouse, who has made notable contributions to this development, now presents a full exposition and defence of her neo-Aristotelian  More...

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Book details

List price: $55.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/7/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Virtue ethics is perhaps the most important development within late twentieth-century moral philosophy. Rosalind Hursthouse, who has made notable contributions to this development, now presents a full exposition and defence of her neo-Aristotelian version of virtue ethics. She shows how virtue ethics can provide guidance for action, illuminate moral dilemmas, and bring out the moral significance of the emotions. Deliberately avoiding a combative stance, she finds less disagreement between Kantian and neo-Aristotelian approaches than is usual, and she offers the first account from a virtue ethics perspective of acting 'from a sense of duty'. She considers the question which character traits are virtues, and explores how answers to this question can be justified by appeal to facts about human nature. Written in a clear, engaging style which makes it accessible to non-specialists, On Virtue Ethics will appeal to anyone with an interest in moral philosophy.

Introduction
Action
Right Action
Resolvable dilemmas
Irresolvable and tragic dilemmas
Emotion And Motivation
Aristotle and Kant
Virtue and the emotions
The virtuous agent's reasons for action
Moral motivation
Rationality
The virtues benefit their possessor
Naturalism
Naturalism for rational animals
Objectivity
Bibliography
Index

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