Cultivating Virtue: Perspectives from Philosophy, Theology, and Psychology

Paperback | December 26, 2014

EditorNancy E. Snow

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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 researchinto 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 thescience 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 tooffering 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 virtueis 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 tostimulate new work on a philosophically neglected yet vital topic.

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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 researchinto virtue. Each contribution focuses on so...

Nancy E. Snow is Professor of Philosophy at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her research interests are in virtue ethics and moral psychology. Her most recent book is Virtue Intelligence: An Empirically Grounded Theory (New York: Routledge, 2010).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 0.98 inPublished:December 26, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Daniel C. Russell: Aristotle on Cultivating Virtue2. Julia Driver: Mill, Moral Sentimentalism, and the Cultivation of Virtue3. Michael Slote: The Roots of Empathy4. Adam Cureton and Thomas Hill: Kant on Virtue and the Virtues5. Christine Swanton: Cultivating Virtue: Two Problems for Virtue Ethics6. Edward Slingerland: The Situationist Critique and Early Confucian Virtue Ethics7. Owen Flanagan: It Takes a Metaphysics, Raising Virtuous Buddhists8. Elizabeth M. Bucar: Islam and the Cultivation Of Character: Ibn Miskawayh's Synthesis and the Case of the Veil9. Jennifer A. Herdt: Frailty, Fragmentation, and Social Dependency in the Cultivation of Christian Virtue10. Darcia Narvaez: The Co-Construction of Virtue: Epigenetics, Development and Culture11. Ross A. Thompson: The Development of Virtue: A Perspective from Developmental Psychology12. Dan P. McAdams: Psychological Science and the Nicomachean Ethics: Virtuous Actors, Agents, and AuthorsIndex