The Oxford Handbook of Virtue

The Oxford Handbook of Virtue

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The late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries have seen a renaissance in the study of virtue - a topic that has prevailed in philosophical work since the time of Aristotle. Several major developments have conspired to mark this new age. Foremost among them, some argue, is the birth of virtue ethics, an approach to ethics that focuses on virtue in place of consequentialism (the view that normative properties depend only on consequences) or deontology (the study
of what we have a moral duty to do).
The emergence of new virtue theories also marks this new wave of work on virtue. Put simply, these are theories about what virtue is, and they include Kantian and utilitarian virtue theories. Concurrently, virtue ethics is being applied to other fields where it hasn't been used before, including bioethics and education. In addition to these developments, the study of virtue in epistemological theories has become increasingly widespread to the point that it has spawned a subfield known as
'virtue epistemology.'
This volume therefore provides a representative overview of philosophical work on virtue. It is divided into seven parts: conceptualizations of virtue, historical and religious accounts, contemporary virtue ethics and theories of virtue, central concepts and issues, critical examinations, applied virtue ethics, and virtue epistemology. Forty-two chapters by distinguished scholars offer insights and directions for further research. In addition to philosophy, authors also deal with virtues in
non-western philosophical traditions, religion, and psychological perspectives on virtue.
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  • Hardback | 904 pages
  • 180 x 251 x 54mm | 1,636g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 019938519X
  • 9780199385195
  • 1,677,865

Table of contents

Introduction (Nancy E. Snow)

Part I: Conceptualizations of Virtue
1. Virtue as a Trait Christian Miller
2. Virtue as a Sensitivity Bridget Clarke
3. Virtue as a Skill Matt Stichter

Part II: Historical and Religious Accounts of Virtue
4. Plato Franco V. Trivigno
5. Aristotle and Moral Virtue Howard Curzer
6. Stoic Virtue Lawrence C. Becker
7. Buddhism and the Virtues Matthew MacKenzie
8. Confucianism and Neo-Confucianism Justin Tiwald
9. The Phronimos and the Sage May Sim
10. Islamic Virtue Ethics Elizabeth M. Bucar
11. Turning to Aquinas on Virtue Candace Vogler
12. Virtue in Hume and Nietzsche Christine Swanton
13. Kant on Virtue: Seeking the Ideal in Human Conditions Adam Cureton and Thomas E. Hill
14. Christian Theories of Virtue Jay Wood

Part III: Contemporary Virtue Ethics and Theories of Virtue
16. Neo-Aristotelian Virtue Ethics Nancy E. Snow
17. Sentimentalist Virtue Ethics Michael Slote
18. Alternatives to Neo-Aristotelian Virtue Ethic Glen Pettigrove
19. Feminist Approaches to Virtue Ethics Robin Dillon
20. Contemporary Consequentialist Theories of Virtue Ben Bradley

Part IV: Central Concepts and Issues in Virtue Ethics and Theories of Virtue
21. Acquiring Aristotelian Virtue Nafsika Athanassoulis
22. Putting Ideals in their Place Daniel C. Russell
23. Virtuous Motivation Karen Stohr
24. Eudaimonism Mark LeBar

Part V: Critical Examinations of Virtue Ethics
25. Objections to Virtue Ethics Frans Svensson and Jens Johansson
26. Cultural Relativity and Justification Rebecca L. Stangl
27. Virtue, Vice, and Situationism Tom Bates and Pauline Kleingeld
28. Virtue from the Perspective of Psychology Kristjan Kristjansson

Part VI: Applied Virtue Ethics
29. Toward an Empirically Informed Approach to Medical Virtues Justin Oakley
30. Character-Based Business Ethics Miguel Alzola
31. Jurisprudence Chapin Cimino
32. Virtue Ethics and Education David Carr
33. Environmental Virtue Ethics Jason Kawall
34. Sexual Ethics Raja Halwani
35. Communication Ethics and Virtue Janie M. Harden Fritz

Part VII: Virtue Epistemology
36. Reliabilist Virtue Epistemology John Greco and Jonathan Reibsamen
37. Virtue Responsibilism Sarah Wright
38. Sentimentalist Virtue Epistemology: The Challenge of Personalism Michael Slote and Heather Battaly
39. Moral and Intellectual Virtues Michael S. Brady
40. Intellectual Virtues and Truth, Understanding, and Wisdom Jason Baehr
41.Virtue Epistemology and Psychology Abrol Fairweather and Carlos Montemayor
42.Virtue Epistemology and the Democratic Life Colin Farrelly
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this collection of new contributions on virtue ethics is a rich and timely addition to the recent resurgence of research in this fast-growing field. Samuel LeBlanc, is PhD candidate, at the Faculty of Education, University of New Brunswick, Metapsychology
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this collection of new contributions on virtue ethics is a rich and timely addition to the recent resurgence of research in this fast-growing field. * Samuel LeBlanc, is PhD candidate, at the Faculty of Education, University of New Brunswick, Metapsychology *
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About Nancy Snow

Nancy E. Snow is an active researcher in virtue ethics and moral psychology. Her work is interdisciplinary and focuses mainly on the intersection of philosophy and psychology as it relates to virtue. She is editor of Cultivating Virtue (OUP, 2014) and co-editor of Developing the Virtues (OUP, 2016).
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