Lee A. McBride III
College of Wooster
In The Agrarian Vision, Thompson argues that a better appreciation of agrarian ideals could lead to a more virtuous, more sustainable way of life. While I agree with Thompson in many respects, there are some aspects of the book that I question and others that I would like to hear Thompson explicate in greater detail. In this paper, I question Thompson’s claim that agrarian farmers and farming communities serve as ideal models of virtuous habits and good character. I challenge Thompson’s use of virtue theory, particularly the notion that farming virtues can be acquired without participating in farming practices. In the end, I make the point that Thompson seems to vacillate between being realistic and being idealistic, which may seriously complicate our notions of responsibility and obligation in practice.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s10806-011-9332-4
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 64,159
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Agrarian Ideals and Practices: Comments on Paul B. Thompson’s The Agrarian Vision.Lee A. Mcbride Iii - 2012 - Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 25 (4):535-541.
Feminism and Farming: A Response to Paul Thompson’s the Agrarian Vision. [REVIEW]Erin McKenna - 2012 - Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 25 (4):529-534.
Fostering a Culture of Land.Eric T. Freyfogle - 2008 - Science and Engineering Ethics 14 (4):545-549.
Re-Envisioning the Agrarian Ideal.Paul B. Thompson - 2012 - Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 25 (4):553-562.
Modifying the Myth of the Garden.Allen Thompson - 2019 - Ethics, Policy and Environment 22 (3):243-250.
The Agrarian Roots of Pragmatism.Paul B. Thompson & Thomas C. Hilde (eds.) - 2000 - Vanderbilt University Press.
Agrarian Philosophy and Ecological Ethics.Paul B. Thompson - 2008 - Science and Engineering Ethics 14 (4):527-544.


Added to PP index

Total views
3 ( #1,329,112 of 2,454,874 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #303,322 of 2,454,874 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes