Intelligent Virtue

Author: Julia Annas

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199228787

Category: Philosophy

Page: 189

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Julia Annas offers a new account of virtue and happiness as central ethical ideas. She argues that exercising a virtue involves practical reasoning of the kind we find in someone exercising an everyday practical skill, such as farming, building, or playing the piano. This helps us to see virtue as part of an agent's happiness or flourishing.
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Developing the Virtues

Integrating Perspectives

Author: Julia Annas,Nancy E. Snow,Professor Darcia Narvaez, PhD

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190271469

Category: Conduct of life

Page: 328

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Ethicists and psychologists have become increasingly interested in the development of virtue in recent years, approaching the topic from the perspectives of virtue ethics and developmental psychology respectively. Such interest in virtue development has spread beyond academia, as teachers and parents have increasingly striven to cultivate virtue as part of education and child-rearing. Looking at these parallel trends in the study and practice of virtue development, the essays in this volume explore such questions as: How can philosophical work on virtue development inform psychological work on it, and vice versa? How should we understand virtue as a dimension of human personality? What is the developmental foundation of virtue? What are the evolutionary aspects of virtue and its development? How is virtue fostered? How is virtue exemplified in behavior and action? How is our conception of virtue influenced by context and by developmental and social experiences? What are the tensions, impediments and prospects for an integrative field of virtue study? Rather than centering on each discipline, the essays in this volume are organized around themes and engage each other in a broader dialogue. The volume begins with an introductory essay from the editors that a wide-angle view of the fuller range of philosophical and empirical issues that have surrounded the notion of virtue in recent years.
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Cultivating Virtue

Perspectives from Philosophy, Theology, and Psychology

Author: Nancy E. Snow

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 019996744X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 368

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Though virtue ethics is enjoying a resurgence, the topic of virtue cultivation has been largely neglected by philosophers. This volume remedies this gap, featuring mostly new essays, commissioned for this collection, by philosophers, theologians, and psychologists at the forefront of research into virtue. Each contribution focuses on some aspect of virtue development, either by highlighting virtue cultivation within distinctive traditions of ethical or religious thought, or by taking a developmental perspective to yield fresh insights into criticisms of virtue ethics, or by examining the science that explains virtue development. The essays by Russell and Driver investigate virtue cultivation or problems associated with it from Aristotelian and utilitarian perspectives. Slote addresses virtue development from the sentimentalist standpoint. Swanton and Cureton and Hill explore self-improvement, the former with an eye to offering solutions to critiques of virtue ethics, the latter from a Kantian ethical vantage point. Slingerland examines contemporary psychology as well as virtue development in the Confucian tradition to counter situationist criticisms of virtue ethics. Flanagan, Bucar, and Herdt examine how virtue is cultivated in the Buddhist, Islamic, and Christian traditions, respectively. Narvaez, Thompson, and McAdams offer descriptive insights from psychology into virtue development. The result is a collection of extremely creative essays that not only fills the current gap but also promises to stimulate new work on a philosophically neglected yet vital topic.
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Oxford Studies Normative Ethics

Author: Mark Timmons

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 019872215X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 295

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OSNE is an annual forum for new work in normative ethical theory. Leading philosophers advance our understanding of a wide range of moral issues and positions, from analysis of competing normative theories to questions of how we should act and live well. OSNE will be an essential resource for scholars and students working in moral philosophy.
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The Virtue Ethics of Hume and Nietzsche

Author: Christine Swanton

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118939387

Category: Philosophy

Page: 248

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This ground-breaking and lucid contribution to the vibrant field ofvirtue ethics focuses on the influential work of Hume andNietzsche, providing fresh perspectives on their philosophies and acompelling account of their impact on the development of virtueethics. A ground-breaking text that moves the field of virtue ethicsbeyond ancient moral theorists and examines the highly influentialethical work of Hume and Nietzsche from a virtue ethicsperspective Contributes both to virtue ethics and a refreshed understandingof Hume’s and Nietzsche’s ethics Skilfully bridges the gap between continental and analyticalphilosophy Lucidly written and clearly organized, allowing students tofocus on either Hume or Nietzsche Written by one of the most important figures contributing tovirtue ethics today
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Teaching Character Education Through Literature

Awakening the Moral Imagination in Secondary Classrooms

Author: Karen Bohlin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134354800

Category: Education

Page: 224

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This book shows how secondary and post-secondary teachers can help students become more responsive to the ethical themes and questions that emerge from the narratives they study. It helps teachers to integrate character education into the classroom by focusing on a variety of ways of drawing instructive insights from fictional life narratives. The case studies and questions throughout are designed to awaken students' moral imagination and prompt ethical reflection on four protagonists' motivations, aspirations, and choices. The book is divided into two parts. The first provides a theoretical approach while the second features case studies to apply this approach to the study of four literary characters: Sydney Carton from Tale of Two Cities Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice Janie Crawford from Their Eyes Were Watching God The questions, ideas and approaches used in these case studies can also be applied to protagonists from other narrative works in the curriculum.
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The Handbook of Virtue Ethics

Author: Stan van Hooft

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317544765

Category: Philosophy

Page: 640

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Virtue ethics has emerged as a distinct field within moral theory - whether as an alternative account of right action or as a conception of normativity which departs entirely from the obligatoriness of morality - and has proved itself invaluable to many aspects of contemporary applied ethics. Virtue ethics now flourishes in philosophy, sociology and theology and its applications extend to law, politics and bioethics. "The Handbook of Virtue Ethics" brings together leading international scholars to provide an overview of the field. Each chapter summarizes and assesses the most important work on a particular topic and sets this work in the context of historical developments. Taking a global approach by embracing a variety of major cultural traditions along with the Western, the "Handbook" maps the emergence of virtue ethics and provides a framework for future developments.
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Sharing the Light

Representations of Women and Virtue in Early China

Author: Lisa Ann Raphals,Professor Lisa Raphals

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791438558

Category: Social Science

Page: 348

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Explores historical and philosophical shifts in the depiction of women and virtue in the early years of the Chinese state. Includes an examination of the history of yin-yang theories.
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