Virtue Ethics

Edited by Jason Kawall (Colgate University)
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Key works The essential work inspiring much of the virtue ethics tradition is Aristotle 1998.  Many consider David Hume 1751 and Adam Smith 1759) to provide important, sentimentalist virtue ethics in the early modern period.  Contemporary interest in virtue ethics is often traced to Elizabeth Anscombe's [Anscombe 1958: Modern Moral Philosophy 1958.  In the following decades key contemporary works appeared including Foot 1978, Pincoffs 1971, w#, Hursthouse, Slote, Swanton
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  1. Virtues and Vices.Aristóteles - 2009 - Discusiones Filosóficas 10 (14):133-145.
  2. Swanton and Nietzsche on Self-Love.Ruth Abbey - 2015 - Journal of Value Inquiry 49 (3):387-403.
  3. Swanton, Christine. The Virtue Ethics of Hume & Nietzsche. [REVIEW]Mark Alfano - 2016 - Ethics 126 (4):1120-1124.
    This book has a noble aim: to free virtue ethics from the grip of the neo-Aristotelianism that limits its scope in contemporary Anglophone philosophy. Just as there are deontological views that are not Kant’s or even Kantian, just as there are consequentialist views that are not Bentham’s or even utilitarian, so, Swanton contends, there are viable virtue ethical views that are not Aristotle’s or even Aristotelian. Indeed, the history of both Eastern and Western philosophy suggests that the majority of normative (...)
  4. Value-Education: A Sociological Perspective.Nk Ambasht - 2002 - In Kireet Joshi (ed.), Philosophy of Value-Oriented Education: Theory and Practice: Proceedings of the National Seminar, 18-20 January, 2002. Indian Council of Philosophical Research. pp. 165.
  5. Natureza humana, dever moral e finalidade do Estado em Maquiavel.José Luiz Ames - 2006 - Reflexão 31 (90):63-70.
  6. The Cannibal Virtue.Celso Martins Azar Filho - 2007 - In Corinne Noirot-Maguire & Valérie M. Dionne (eds.), Revelations of Character: Ethos, Rhetoric, and Moral Philosophy in Montaigne. Cambridge Scholars Press.
  7. Towards a Constructivist Eudaemonism.Robert Bass - 2004 - Dissertation, Bowling Green State University
    Eudaemonism is the common structure of the family of theories in which the central moral conception is eudaemonia , understood as "living well" or "having a good life." In its best form, the virtues are understood as constitutive and therefore essential means to achieving or having such a life. What I seek to do is to lay the groundwork for an approach to eudaemonism grounded in practical reason, and especially in instrumental reasoning, rather than in natural teleology. In the first (...)
  8. La Naturaleza y El Bien: Una Exploración Del Naturalismo Ético Antiguo En El De Finibus de Cicerón.Juan Pablo Bermúdez-Rey - 2011 - Pensamiento y Cultura 14.
    Este ensayo explora las diferencias entre el naturalismo ético griego antiguo y el moderno, através de la presentación de la tradición clásica ofrecida por Cicerón en su De finibus bonorum et malorum. Desdelas observaciones de Hume al respecto, es usual sostener que las derivaciones de aserciones normativasa partir de aserciones descriptivas requieren algún tipo de justificación adecuada. Esta es una búsqueda dela presencia de tales justificaciones en las teorías éticas epicúrea, estoica y académico-peripatética y, tras alcanzar una conclusión negativa, sostengo (...)
  9. Foundations of Moral Selfhood.Gerard Casey - 2006 - Review of Metaphysics 59 (4):877-878.
  10. Virtues and Their Vices.H. J. Curzer - 2015 - Philosophical Quarterly 65 (258):108-113.
  11. The New Atheism: Its Virtues and its Vices.Brian Davies - 2011 - New Blackfriars 92 (1037):18-34.
  12. Review: Reviews. [REVIEW]N. J. H. Dent - 1982 - Philosophy 57 (222):563 - 565.
  13. Symbols and Modesty Blaise'.Raymond Durgnat - 1968 - Cinema 1:2-7.
  14. Review: Reviews. [REVIEW]Anthony Ellis - 1982 - Philosophy 57 (222):551 - 553.
  15. Applied Psychology and Virtue.Ruby Fay - 1937 - New Blackfriars 18 (207):449-456.
  16. Virtue and Ignorance.Owen Flanagan - 1990 - Journal of Philosophy 87 (8):420.
  17. James Delaney, Rousseau and the Ethics of Virtue. [REVIEW]José-Roman Flecha - 2008 - Ethical Perspectives 15 (1):133-134.
  18. Virtues and Vices.Philippa Foot - 1997 - In Daniel Statman (ed.), Noûs. Georgetown University Press. pp. 163--177.
    'Foot stands out among contemporary ethical theorists because of her conviction that virtues and vices are more central ethical notions than rights, duties, justice, or consequences - the primary focus of most other contemporary theorists. This volume brings together a dozen essays published between 1957 and 1977, and includes two new ones as well. In the first, Foot argues explicitly for an ethic of virtue, and in the next five discusses abortion, euthanasia, free will/determination, and the ethics of Hume and (...)
  19. Ethical Theory Character and Virtue.Peter A. French, Theodore Edward Uehling & Howard K. Wettstein - 1988
  20. Julia Driver, Uneasy Virtue.J. M. Greenberg - 2003 - Journal of Value Inquiry 37 (2):271-274.
  21. Freedom, Virtue, and the Common Good. [REVIEW]Louis Groarke - 2001 - Maritain Studies/Etudes Maritainiennes 17:130-131.
  22. Care Ethics and Virtue Ethics.Raja Halwani - 2003 - Hypatia 18 (3):161-192.
    The paper argues that care ethics should be subsumed under virtue ethics by construing care as an important virtue. Doing so allows us to achieve two desirable goals. First, we preserve what is important about care ethics. Second, we avoid two important objections to care ethics, namely, that it neglects justice, and that it contains no mechanism by which care can be regulated so as not to be become morally corrupt.
  23. Han Fei on the Problem of Morality.Eirik Lang Harris - 2013 - In Paul R. Goldin (ed.), Dao Companion to the Philosophy of Han Fei. Springer.
    In much of pre-Qin political philosophy, including those thinkers usually labeled Confucian, Daoist, or Mohist, at least part of the justification of the political state comes from their views on morality, and the vision of the good ruler was quite closely tied to the vision of the good person. In an important sense, for these thinkers, political philosophy is an exercise in applied ethics. Han Fei, however, offers an interesting break from this tradition, arguing that, given the vastly different goals (...)
  24. The Role of Virtue in Xunzi's 荀子 Political Philosophy.Eirik Lang Harris - 2013 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 12 (1):93-110.
    Although there has been a resurgence of interest in virtue ethics, there has been little work done on how this translates into the political sphere. This essay demonstrates that the Confucian thinker Xunzi offers a model of virtue politics that is both interesting in its own right and potentially useful for scholars attempting to develop virtue ethics into virtue politics more generally. I present Xunzi’s version of virtue politics and discuss challenges to this version of virtue politics that are raised (...)
  25. A Theory of Virtue.Jereme B. Hudson - 2008 - Review of Metaphysics 61 (3):605-606.
  26. Julia Driver, Uneasy Virtue:Uneasy Virtue.Lester H. Hunt - 2003 - Ethics 114 (1):167-170.
  27. Han Feizi's Criticism of Confucianism and its Implications for Virtue Ethics.Eric Hutton - 2008 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 5 (3):423-453.
    Several scholars have recently proposed that Confucianism should be regarded as a form of virtue ethics. This view offers new approaches to understanding not only Confucian thinkers, but also their critics within the Chinese tradition. For if Confucianism is a form of virtue ethics, we can then ask to what extent Chinese criticisms of it parallel criticisms launched against contemporary virtue ethics, and what lessons for virtue ethics in general might be gleaned from the challenges to Confucianism in particular. This (...)
  28. The Virtue of Smallness.Bill Kauffman - 1993 - The Chesterton Review 19 (2):281-282.
  29. Virtues and Their Vices.Timpe Kevin & Boyd Craig (eds.) - 2013 - Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    A comprehensive philosophical treatment of the virtues and their competing vices. The first four sections focus on historical classes of virtue: the cardinal virtues, the capital vices and the corrective virtues, intellectual virtues, and the theological virtues. A final section discusses the role of virtue theory in a number of disciplines.
  30. The McCarthyites of Virtue.Paul Kurtz - 1998 - Free Inquiry 19.
  31. Reviewed Work: Man as Man: The Science and Art of Ethics by Thomas J. Higgins. [REVIEW]H. A. L. - 1950 - Journal of Philosophy 47 (7):191-192.
  32. Chapter 3. The Seeds of a Lawyerly Virtue.Daniel Markovits - 2010 - In A Modern Legal Ethics: Adversary Advocacy in a Democratic Age. Princeton University Press. pp. 79-100.
  33. Martial Virtues or Capital Vices.Jane Roland Martin - 1987 - Journal of Thought 22:32-44.
  34. The Virtues of Sharing.Nancy J. Matchett - 1998 - Dissertation, University of Maryland, College Park
    In "The Virtues of Sharing" I defend two central theses: that sharing is our most overarching ethical ideal, and that virtue ethics is able to serve as a comprehensive and free-standing approach to moral theory. My arguments for these theses are intertwined, because they are also designed to show how a virtue-ethical theory that treats the "Will to Share" as the basis of moral agency helps to resolve the contemporary Justice/Care Debate.
  35. Virtues and Vices.J. McDowell - 1997 - In Daniel Statman (ed.), Virtue Ethics. Georgetown University Press. pp. 141--162.
  36. Virtue and Reason.John McDowell - 1979 - The Monist 62 (3):331-350.
  37. Kant’s Theory of Virtue: The Value of Autocracy. [REVIEW]Mark Piper - 2011 - International Philosophical Quarterly 51 (3):412-415.
  38. Virtues and Vices.Jean Porter - 2011 - In Brian Davies & Eleonore Stump (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Aquinas. Oxford University Press.
  39. Virtue.Jean Porter - 2007 - In Gilbert Meilaender & William Werpehowski (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Theological Ethics. Oxford University Press.
  40. The Treatise on Vices and Virtues in Latin and the Vernacular. [REVIEW]Phyllis Roberts - 1996 - Speculum 71 (2):471-473.
  41. The Fabric of Character: Aristotle's Theory of Virtue.Nancy Sherman - 1989 - Oxford University Press.
    Most traditional accounts of Aristotle's theory of ethical education neglect its cognitive aspects. This book asserts that, in Aristotle's view, excellence of character comprises both the sentiments and practical reason. Sherman focuses particularly on four aspects of practical reason as they relate to character: moral perception, choicemaking, collaboration, and the development of those capacities in moral education. Throughout the book, she is sensitive to contemporary moral debates, and indicates the extent to which Aristotle's account of practical reason provides an alternative (...)
  42. Punishment (an Introductory Socratic Dialog).Brent Silby - manuscript
    In this modern Socratic dialog, Socrates discusses the nature of punishment with a friend who believes that criminals are dealt with too softly. Socrates argues that retributive punishment is unjust.
  43. Lun Yu Xin Jie: Cong Xin Xing de Xiu Lian He Ti Wu Tan Suo "Lun Yu" de Zhen Shi Yi Han.Guangyu Song - 2008 - Wan Juan Lou Tu Shu Gu Fen You Xian Gong Si.
  44. War Without Virtue?Robert Sparrow - 2013 - In Bradley Jay Strawser (ed.), Killing By Remote Control. Oxford University Press. pp. 84-105.
    A number of recent and influential accounts of military ethics have argued that there exists a distinctive “role morality” for members of the armed services—a “warrior code.” A “good warrior” is a person who cultivates and exercises the “martial” or “warrior” virtues. By transforming combat into a “desk job” that can be conducted from the safety of the home territory of advanced industrial powers without need for physical strength or martial valour, long-range robotic weapons, such as the “Predator” and “Reaper” (...)
  45. Virtues of the Mind: An Inquiry Into the Nature of Virtue and the Ethical Foundations of the Mind Linda Trinkaus Zagzebski New York: Cambridge University Press, 1966, Xvi + 365 Pp., $64.95, $19.95 Paper. [REVIEW]Matthias Steup - 1999 - Dialogue 38 (03):619-.
  46. The Notion of the Moral: The Relation Between Virtue Ethics and Virtue Epistemology.Christine Swanton - 2014 - Philosophical Studies 171 (1):121-134.
    In this paper I argue that virtue ethics should be understood as a form of ethics which integrates various domains of the practical in relation to which virtues are excellences. To argue this it is necessary to distinguish two senses of the “moral”: the broad sense which integrates the domains of the practical and a narrow classificatory sense. Virtue ethics, understood as above, believes that all genuine virtue should be understood as what I call virtues proper. To possess a virtue (...)
  47. A Virtue Ethical Account of Right Action.Christine Swanton - 2001 - Ethics 112 (1):32-52.
  48. Virtues and Vices. [REVIEW]Lauren Tillinghast - 2008 - Philosophical Practice 3 (2):304-305.
  49. After Virtue.Jennifer Todd - 1982 - Philosophical Studies 29:281-286.
  50. Kant and Aristotle on Practical Reason and Virtue.Martin James Townley - 2002 - Dissertation, University of Kentucky
    It has been widely assumed in the history of philosophy that the moral theories of Aristotle and Kant are so different that there simply is no common ground on which to compare them. This dissertation seeks to dispel that assumption and prepare the ground for dialogue between Aristotle and Kant. The thesis of this investigation is that if an analysis of each theory is conducted independently, and if that analysis is delineated specifically in terms of practical reason and virtue, then (...)
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