Cultivating Virtue

Cultivating Virtue : Perspectives from Philosophy, Theology, and Psychology

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 162 x 234 x 25mm | 474g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 019996744X
  • 9780199967445
  • 1,032,512

Table of contents

Introduction ; Chapter One: Aristotle on Cultivating Virtue ; Daniel C. Russell ; Chapter Two: Mill, Moral Sentimentalism, and the Cultivation of Virtue ; Julia Driver ; Chapter Three: The Roots of Empathy ; Michael Slote ; Chapter Four: Kant on Virtue and the Virtues ; Adam Cureton and Thomas Hill ; Chapter Five: Cultivating Virtue: Two Problems for Virtue Ethics ; Christine Swanton ; Chapter Six: The Situationist Critique and Early Confucian Virtue Ethics ; Edward Slingerland ; Chapter Seven: It Takes a Metaphysics, Raising Virtuous Buddhists ; Owen Flanagan ; Chapter Eight: Islam and the Cultivation Of Character: Ibn Miskawayh's Synthesis and the Case of the Veil ; Elizabeth M. Bucar ; Chapter Nine: Frailty, Fragmentation, and Social Dependency in the Cultivation of Christian Virtue ; Jennifer A. Herdt ; Chapter Ten: The Co-Construction of Virtue: Epigenetics, Development and Culture ; Darcia Narvaez ; Chapter Eleven: The Development of Virtue: A Perspective from Developmental Psychology ; Ross A. Thompson ; Chapter Twelve: Psychological Science and the Nicomachean Ethics: Virtuous Actors, Agents, and Authors ; Dan P. McAdams ; Index
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Until fairly recently, the philosophical literature on the virtues has paid insufficient attention to formational questions. Cultivating Virtue takes a big step toward filling that lacuna, and admirably provides both guidance and inspiration for those interested in continuing the project. The volume warrants careful attention from scholars within and beyond the three disciplines represented therein, and its range, depth, and accessibility fit it for both
upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in virtue ethics, comparative ethics, moral psychology, and more. Moreover, its formative insights hold out the very real prospects of helping readers to pursue and attain greater virtue. I highly recommend it. * Ryan West, Journal of Moral Philosophy * Some of the pieces are written extremely well and deserve wide circulation. Those by Narvaez, Slingerland, Slote, Flanagan, Thompson, Bucar, and Russell are highlights. But there is something worth reading in each piece, and the volume as a whole promises to achieve its goal of stimulating further work on virtue development. * Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews Online * Overall, this timely collection considers an important question that has been neglected in recent ethical inquiry ... Recommended. * Choice *
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About Nancy E. Snow

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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