On Virtue Ethics

Paperback | October 15, 2001

byRosalind Hursthouse

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Virtue ethics is perhaps the most important development within late twentieth-century moral philosophy. Rosalind Hursthouse, who has made notable contributions to this development, now presents a full exposition and defence of her neo-Aristotelian version of virtue ethics. She shows how virtueethics can provide guidance for action, illuminate moral dilemmas, and bring out the moral significance of the emotions. Deliberately avoiding a combative stance, she finds less disagreement between Kantian and neo-Aristotelian approaches than is usual, and she offers the first account from a virtueethics perspective of acting 'from a sense of duty'. She considers the question which character traits are virtues, and explores how answers to this question can be justified by appeal to facts about human nature. Written in a clear, engaging style which makes it accessible to non-specialists, OnVirtue Ethics will appeal to anyone with an interest in moral philosophy.

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Virtue ethics is perhaps the most important development within late twentieth-century moral philosophy. Rosalind Hursthouse, who has made notable contributions to this development, now presents a full exposition and defence of her neo-Aristotelian version of virtue ethics. She shows how virtueethics can provide guidance for action, ill...

Rosalind Hursthouse is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.59 inPublished:October 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199247994

ISBN - 13:9780199247998

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Table of Contents

IntroductionAction1. Right Action2. Resolvable Dilemmas3. Irresolvable and Tragic DilemmasEmotion and Motivation4. Aristotle and Kant5. Virtue and the Emotions6. The Virtuous Agent's Reasons for Action7. Moral MotivationRationality8. The Virtues Benefit their Possessor9. Naturalism10. Naturalism for Rational Animals11. ObjectivityBibliography, Index

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`'With this book virtue ethics finally comes of age. Hursthouse elegantly dispels the aura of unattractive high-mindedness that has clung to the approach. Firmly rebutting both psychological and moral criticisms, she shows how the life of the virtuous is both possible and even enjoyable. Thisvolume will effortlessly take its place as the defining exposition of the view.''Simon Blackburn, University of North Carolina