Working Virtue Virtue Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems

ISBN-10: 0199570868
ISBN-13: 9780199570867
Edition: 2009
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Description: 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,  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 7/9/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

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-knowntheoretical 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 dealingwith 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.

Introduction
Caring as Relation and Virtue in Teaching
Professing Medicine, Virtue Based Ethics and the Retrieval of Professionalism
Doctoring and Self-Forgiveness
Virtue Ethics as Professional Ethics: The Case of Psychiatry
Trust, Suffering, and the Aesculapian Virtues
Environmental Virtue Ethics
The Good Life for Nonhuman Animals: What Virtue Requires of Humans
Law, Morality, and Virtue
Virtue Ethics, Role Ethics, and Business Ethics
Racial Virtues
Virtue and a Warrior's Anger
Famine, Affluence and Virtue
Filial Piety as a Virtue

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