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

ISBN 9780367623968
Published August 1, 2022 by Routledge
268 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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).