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The Cambridge Companion to Virtue Ethics

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Christine Swanton, Rachana Kamtekar, Philip J. Ivanhoe, Jean Porter, Paul Russell, Dorothea Frede, Timothy Chappell, Liezl van Zyl, Justin Oakley, Matt Zwolinski, David Schmidtz, Edwin Hartman, Mark LeBar, Daniel C. Russell, Gopal Sreenivasan
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  • Date Published: March 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107001169

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  • Virtue ethics has emerged from a rich history, in which both Aristotle and Aquinas have played an important role, to become one of the fastest-growing fields in contemporary ethics. In this volume of newly commissioned essays, leading moral philosophers offer a comprehensive overview of virtue ethics. They examine the theoretical structure of virtue ethics and its place in contemporary moral theory and other topics discussed include the history of virtue-based approaches to ethics, what makes these approaches distinctive, what they can say about specific practical issues and where we can expect them to go in the future. This Companion will be useful to students of virtue ethics and the history of ethics and to others who want to understand how virtue ethics is changing the face of contemporary moral philosophy.

    • Offers an overview of the history of virtue ethics
    • Explores what makes the virtue-based approaches to ethics distinctive
    • Discusses how virtue ethics is changing the face of contemporary moral philosophy
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "I would like to recommend this volume to students of philosophy and those philosophers looking for a general introduction into virtue thought. Especially, the historic part, I find well put together and helpful. This is indeed an important contribution to the growing and diversifying field of virtue ethics."
    Ludwig Jaskolla, Metapsychology Online Reviews

    "Every philosophy research library should own a copy of this book … Highly recommended. Upper division undergraduates through researchers/faculty."
    R. White, Choice

    "Although I would mostly recommend this book to upper-division undergraduates or beginning graduate students, some of the essays in specific areas or traditions may be of interest even to advanced scholars, due to their approach, which includes areas less discussed in more traditional accounts, such as Chinese philosophy or business virtue ethics. Moreover, its focus on contemporary research on virtue ethics makes this book a particularly valuable resource to ethics scholars with different levels of expertise."
    Aline Medeiros Ramos, Metapsychology Online Reviews

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107001169
    • length: 384 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The definition of virtue ethics Christine Swanton
    2. Ancient virtue ethics: an overview with an emphasis on practical wisdom Rachana Kamtekar
    3. Virtue ethics and the Chinese Confucian tradition Philip J. Ivanhoe
    4. Virtue ethics in the medieval period Jean Porter
    5. Hume's anatomy of virtue Paul Russell
    6. The historic decline of virtue ethics Dorothea Frede
    7. Virtue ethics in the twentieth century Timothy Chappell
    8. Virtue ethics and right action Liezl van Zyl
    9. Virtue ethics and bioethics Justin Oakley
    10. Environmental virtue ethics: what it is and what it needs to be Matt Zwolinski and David Schmidtz
    11. The virtue approach to business ethics Edwin Hartman
    12. Virtue and politics Mark LeBar
    13. Happiness and the virtues Daniel C. Russell
    14. The situationist critique of virtue ethics Gopal Sreenivasan.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Ethical Theory
    • Ethics
    • Ethics (Honors)
    • Moral Philosophy
    • Philosophical Topics
    • Plato's Ethics
    • Virtue Ethics
  • Editor

    Daniel C. Russell, University of Arizona
    Daniel C. Russell is Professor of Philosophy at the Center for the Philosophy of Freedom, University of Arizona, and Percy Seymour Reader in Ancient History and Philosophy at Ormond College, University of Melbourne. He is the author of Plato on Pleasure and the Good Life (2005), Practical Intelligence and the Virtues (2009) and Happiness for Humans (2012).


    Christine Swanton, Rachana Kamtekar, Philip J. Ivanhoe, Jean Porter, Paul Russell, Dorothea Frede, Timothy Chappell, Liezl van Zyl, Justin Oakley, Matt Zwolinski, David Schmidtz, Edwin Hartman, Mark LeBar, Daniel C. Russell, Gopal Sreenivasan

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