1st Edition

Virtue, Narrative, and Self Explorations of Character in the Philosophy of Mind and Action

Edited By Joseph Ulatowski, Liezl van Zyl Copyright 2021
    268 Pages
    by Routledge

    268 Pages
    by Routledge

    Virtue, Narrative, and Self connects two philosophical areas of study that have long been treated as distinct: virtue theory and narrative accounts of personal identity. Chapters address several important issues and neglected themes at the intersection of these research areas. Specific examples include the role of narrative in the identification, differentiation, and cultivation of virtue, the nature of practical reasoning and moral competence, and the influence of life’s narrative structure on our conceptions of what it means to live and act well. This volume demonstrates how recent work from the philosophy of mind and action concerning narrativity and our understanding of the self can shed new light on questions about the nature of virtue, practical wisdom, and human flourishing.

    This book will be of interest to scholars and advanced students working in virtue theory, moral philosophy, philosophy of mind and action, and moral education.

    1. Virtue, Narrative, and Self: An Introduction

    Joseph Ulatowksi and Liezl van Zyl

    2. Virtue Ethics and Narrative Virtue

    Christine Swanton

    3. Narrative Virtues and Second-Order Reasons

    Garrett Cullity

    4. Narrative Virtue Ethics?

    Ramon Das

    5. How Self-Narratives and Virtues Cause Actions

    David Lumsden and Joseph Ulatowski

    6. Virtue Ethics, Narrative and Revisionary Accounts of Rightness

    Jason Kawall

    7. Virtuous Perception: A Gibsonian Approach

    Richard Paul Hamilton

    8. Virtue Ethics, Blameworthiness, and Role Failure

    Justin Oakley

    9. Well-Being, Narrative Value, and Virtue Ethics

    Nicholas Ryan Smith

    10. On the Value of Moral Failure

    Damian Cox

    11. Who Wrote Nietzsche’s Autobiography?

    Elijah Millgram

    12. The Abnegated Self

    Nellie Wieland

    13. Integrity and Messy Lives

    Tim Dare


    Joseph Ulatowski is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Director of the Experimental Philosophy Research Group at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. He is the author of Why Facts Matter (forthcoming) and Commonsense Pluralism about Truth: An Empirical Defence (2017).

    Liezl van Zyl is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. She is the author of Virtue Ethics: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge, 2018) and Death and Compassion: A Virtue-based Approach to Euthanasia (Routledge, 2000).