Virtue Ethics: A Pluralistic View

Paperback | March 24, 2005

byChristine Swanton

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Christine Swanton offers a new, comprehensive theory of virtue ethics which addresses the major concerns of modern ethical theory from a character-based perspective. Discussion of many problems in moral theory, such as moral constraints, rightness of action, the good life, the demandingness ofethics, the role of the subjective, and the practicality of ethics, has been dominated by Kantian and Consequentialist theories, with their own distinctive conceptual apparatus. Virtue Ethics shows how a different framework can shed new light on these intractable issues. Swanton's approach is distinctive in departing in siginificant ways from classical versions of virtue ethics derived primarily from Aristotle. Employing insights from Nietzsche and other sources, she argues against both eudaimonistic virtue ethics and traditional virtue ethical conceptions ofrightness. In developing a pluralistic view, she shows how different 'modes of moral acknowledgement' such as love, respect, appreciation, and creativity, are embedded in the very fabric of virtue, the moral life, and the good life.

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Christine Swanton offers a new, comprehensive theory of virtue ethics which addresses the major concerns of modern ethical theory from a character-based perspective. Discussion of many problems in moral theory, such as moral constraints, rightness of action, the good life, the demandingness ofethics, the role of the subjective, and the...

Christine Swanton is in the Department of Philosophy, University of Auckland.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.72 inPublished:March 24, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199278474

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Table of Contents

I. VIRTUE1. The Anatomy of Virtue2. Normative Dimensions of Virtue3. Virtue and the Good Life4. What Makes a Character Trait a VirtueII. PROFILES OF THE VIRTUES5. Love and Respect6. Expression7. CreativityIII. SHAPE OF THE VIRTUES8. Objectivity9. Demandingness10. Virtue and ConstraintsIV. VIRTUE AND ACTION11. A Virtue Ethical Account of Right Action12. Virtues of Practice13. Virtue and IndeterminacyConclusion

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`Swanton's pluralism is a welcome and important contribution ... Her account is complex and provocative'George Harris, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews