Working Virtue: Virtue Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems by Rebecca L. WalkerWorking Virtue: Virtue Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems by Rebecca L. Walker

Working Virtue: Virtue Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems

EditorRebecca L. Walker, Philip J. Ivanhoe

Paperback | August 1, 2009

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Working Virtue is the first substantial collective study of virtue theory and contemporary moral problems. Leading figures in ethical theory and applied ethics discuss topics in bioethics, professional ethics, ethics of the family, law, interpersonal ethics, and the emotions. Virtue ethics is centrally concerned with character traits or virtues and vices such as courage (cowardice), kindness (heartlessness), and generosity (stinginess). These character traits must be looked to in any attempt to understand which particular actions are right or wrong and how we ought tolive our lives. As a theoretical approach, virtue ethics has made an impressive comeback in relatively recent history, both posing an alternative to, and, in some ways, complementing well-known theoretical stances such as utilitarianism and deontology. Yet there is still very little materialavailable that presents virtue-ethical approaches to practical contemporary moral problems, such as what we owe distant strangers, our parents, or even non-human animals. This book fills the gap by dealing with these and other pressing moral problems in a clear and theoretically nuanced manner. The contributors offer a variety of perspectives, including pluralistic, eudaimonistic, care-theoretical, Chinese, comparative, and stoic. This variety allows the reader to appreciate not only the wide range of topics for which a virtue-ethical approach may be fitting, but also the distinctive waysin which such an approach may be manifested.
Rebecca Walker is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Philip Ivanhoe is Professor of Philosophy at the City University of Hong Kong.
Title:Working Virtue: Virtue Ethics and Contemporary Moral ProblemsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:August 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Rebecca L. Walker and Philip J. Ivanhoe: Introduction2. Nel Noddings: Caring as Relation and Virtue in Teaching3. Edmund D. Pellegrino: Professing Medicine, Virtue Based Ethics and the Retrieval of Professionalism4. Jeffrey Blustein: Doctoring and Self-Forgiveness5. Jennifer Radden: Virtue Ethics as Professional Ethics: The Case of Psychiatry6. Annette C. Baier: Trust, Suffering, and the Aesculapian Virtues7. Rosalind Hursthouse: Environmental Virtue Ethics8. Rebecca L. Walker: The Good Life for Nonhuman Animals: What Virtue Requires of Humans9. Peter Koller: Law, Morality, and Virtue10. Christine Swanton: Virtue Ethics, Role Ethics, and Business Ethics11. Lawrence Blum: Racial Virtues12. Nancy Sherman: Virtue and a Warrior's Anger13. Michael Slote: Famine, Affluence and Virtue14. Philip J. Ivanhoe: Filial Piety as a Virtue