The ambiguity of moral excellence: A response to Aaron Stalnaker's “virtue as mastery”

Journal of Religious Ethics 38 (3):429-435 (2010)
This response draws on Saba Mahmood's work on Muslim subjectivities in order to consider how Stalnaker's conceptualization of virtue might be applied to non-Confucian sources. I argue that when applied cross-culturally, Stalnaker's revised definition of “skillful virtue” raises normative and metaethical questions about what counts as a skill versus a mere bodily practice, the process by how skill is acquired, and how we can both allow for the ambiguity of skills and continue to make constructive arguments about them
Keywords Islam  virtue  embodied practices  piety  moral ambiguity  cross‐cultural ethics
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    Aaron Stalnaker (2010). Virtue as Mastery in Early Confucianism. Journal of Religious Ethics 38 (3):404-428.
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