Journal of Religious Ethics 41 (4):555-584 (2013)

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Jung Lee
Northeastern University
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This paper presents a critical appraisal of the recent turn in comparative religious ethics to virtue theory; it argues that the specific aspirations of virtue ethicists to make ethics more contextual, interdisciplinary, and practice-centered has in large measure failed to match the rhetoric. I suggest that the focus on the category of the human and practices associated with self-formation along with a methodology grounded in “analogical imagination” has actually poeticized the subject matter into highly abstract textual studies on normative voices within traditions, largely in isolation from considerations of socio-historical context, political and institutional pressures, and the lived ethics of non-elite moral actors. I conclude with some programmatic suggestions for how the field of comparative religious ethics can move forward
Keywords virtue  practical rationality  Lee Yearley  spiritual exercises  anthropology  comparative religious ethics
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DOI 10.1111/jore.12032
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