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The Routledge Companion to Virtue Ethics

1st Edition

Edited by Lorraine L Besser, Michael Slote

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558 pages

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Virtue ethics is on the move both in Anglo-American philosophy and in the rest of the world. This volume uniquely emphasizes non-Western varieties of virtue ethics at the same time that it includes work in the many different fields or areas of philosophy where virtue ethics has recently spread its wings. Just as significantly, several chapters make comparisons between virtue ethics and other ways of approaching ethics or political philosophy or show how virtue ethics can be applied to "real world" problems.

Reviews

"Virtue Ethics goes global with this collection, which explores, with impressive depth, much unfamiliar territory."

Rosalind Hursthouse, University of Auckland, New Zealand

"This remarkable volume is unique in approaching the topic of virtue ethics from a truly global perspective: global in terms of the refreshing and long overdue inclusion of non-Western traditions as well as in terms of disciplines, topics, and philosophical commitments. The choice of authors is outstanding and together their contributions broaden, deepen, and offer much needed nuance to our understanding and appreciation of the history, practice, challenges, and contemporary relevance of virtue ethics."

Philip J. Ivanhoe, City University of Hong Kong, China

"A rich and stimulating collection spanning contemporary and historical approaches, with impressive coverage of both theoretical and applied issues and an unusually wide cultural reach."

John Cottingham, Professor Emeritus at Reading University, UK

Table of Contents

Introduction Lorraine Besser-Jones and Michael Slote I. History of Virtue Ethics 1. Plato and the Ethics of Virtue Nicholas White 2. Aristotle's Virtue Ethics Dorothea Frede 3.The Stoic Theory of Virtue Tad Brennan 4. Hindu Virtue Ethics Roy W. Perrett and Glen Pettigrove 5. Why Confucius’ Ethics is a Virtue Ethics May Sim 6.Mencius’ Virtue Ethics meets the Moral Foundations Theory: A Comparison Shirong Luo 7. Virtue in Buddhist Ethical Traditions Charles Goodman 7. Respect for Differences: The Daoist Virtue Yong Huang 8. Xunzi and Virtue Ethics Eric L. Hutton 9. Consecrated Virtue: Augustine’s Theological Animus James Wetzel 10. Aquinas: Infused Virtues Andrew Pinsent 11.Hume Jacqueline Taylor 12. Nietzsche and the Virtues Edward Harcourt II. Contemporary Approaches 13.Eudaimonistic Virtue Ethics Liezl van Zyl 14.Sentimentalist Virtue Ethics Michael L. Frazer and Michael Slote 15. Pluralistic Virtue Ethics Christine Swanton 16. Varieties of Contemporary Christian Virtue Ethics Jennifer A. Herdt 17. Contemporary Confucianism David Elstein 18. Virtue Epistemology and Virtue Ethics Heather Battaly and Michael Slote 19. Feminist Virtue Ethics Karen Stohr 20. Agape and Virtue Ethics Timothy P. Jackson III. Critical Interactions 21. Kant and Virtue Ethics Allen Wood 22.Consequentialist Critique of Virtue Ethics Julia Driver 23. Virtue Ethics and Right Action: A Critique Ramon Das 24.Virtue Ethics and Egoism Christopher Toner 25.Models of Virtue Nancy E. Snow 26.The Situationist Critique Lorraine Besser-Jones 27.Testing the Empathy-Altruism Hypothesis against Egoistic Alternatives C. Daniel Batson 28. Care-Ethics and Virtue Ethics Nel Noddings 29.Roles and Virtues J. L. A. Garcia IV. Applications of Virtue Ethics 30.Environmental Virtue Ethics Philip Cafaro 31. World Virtue Ethics Stephen C. Angle 32.Virtue Ethics and Moral Education Randall Curren 33. Virtue Ethics as Political Philosophy: The Structure of Ethical Theory in Early Chinese Philosophy Yang Xiao 34. Law and Virtue Lawrence Solum 35.Virtue Ethics and Medicine Rebecca L. Walker 36.Business Ethics from a Virtue-Theoretic Perspective Robert Audi

About the Editors

Lorraine Besser-Jones is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Middlebury College. She is the author of Eudaimonic Ethics: The Philosophy and Psychology of Living Well (Routledge, 2014), as well as of many articles on moral psychology and the history of ethics

Michael Slote is UST Professor of Ethics and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Miami. A member of the Royal Irish Academy and former Tanner lecturer, he has written in the areas of ethics, philosophy of mind, epistemology, political philosophy, and philosophy of education.

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