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Virtue Ethics: An Introduction
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Professor Richard Taylor
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Virtue Ethics: An Introduction

Professor Richard Taylor


9781573929431

Prometheus


Philosophy;
Ethics & moral philosophy


Paperback

141 pages

$34.99
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In this fresh evaluation of Western ethics, noted philosopher Richard Taylor argues that philosophy must return to the classical notion of virtue as the basis of ethics. To ancient Greek and Roman philosophers, ethics was chiefly the study of how individuals attain personal excellence, or 'virtue', defined as intellectual sophistication, wisdom, strength of character, and creativity. With the ascendancy of the Judeo-Christian ethic, says Taylor, this emphasis on pride of personal worth was lost. Instead, philosophy became preoccupied with defining right and wrong in terms of a divine lawgiver, and the concept of virtue was debased to mean mere obedience to divine law. Even today, in the absence of religious belief, modern thinkers unwittingly continue this legacy by creating hair-splitting definitions of good and evil.

By:   Professor Richard Taylor
Imprint:   Prometheus
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 214mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 8mm
Weight:   174g
ISBN:   9781573929431
ISBN 10:   1573929433
Pages:   141
Publication Date:   June 2013
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational ,  A / AS level ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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