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The Cambridge Companion to Virtue Ethics

Daniel C. Russell (University of Arizona)

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Cambridge University Press
15 February 2013
Philosophy; Ethics & moral philosophy
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.
Edited by:   Daniel C. Russell (University of Arizona)
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 226mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   590g
ISBN:   9780521171748
ISBN 10:   0521171741
Series:   Cambridge Companions to Philosophy
Pages:   380
Publication Date:   15 February 2013
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  College/higher education ,  Undergraduate ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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.

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).

Reviews for The Cambridge Companion to Virtue Ethics

'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 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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