From Morality to Virtue
Slote here offers the first full-scale foundational account of virtue ethics to have appeared since the recent revival of interest in the ethics of virtue.
- Paperback | 296 pages
- 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 378.21g
- 19 May 1995
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
Back cover copy
In this book, Michael Slote offers the first full-scale foundational account of virtue ethics to have appeared since the recent revival of interest in the topic. Slote advocates a particular form of such ethics for its intuitive and structural advantages over Kantianism, utilitarianism, and common-sense morality, and he argues that the problems of other views can be avoided and a contemporary plausible version of virtue ethics achieved only by abandoning specifically moral concepts for general aretaic notions like admirability and virtue. The book defends a distinctive, intuitive, and symmetric ethical principle according to which we should balance self-concern with concern for others, but it also concludes that there is, contrary to utilitarianism, no single basis for status as a virtue nor any simple relation between the virtues and human well-being.
contains much fine and interesting material * Tom Hurka, University of Calgary *