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Virtue ethics has emerged from a rich history, in which both Aristotle and Aquinas have played an important role, to become one of the fastest-growing fields in contemporary ethics. In this volume of newly commissioned essays, leading moral philosophers offer a comprehensive overview of virtue ethics. They examine the theoretical structure of virtue ethics and its place in contemporary moral theory and other topics discussed include the history of virtue-based approaches to ethics, what makes these approaches distinctive, what they can say about specific practical issues and where we can expect them to go in the future. This Companion will be useful to students of virtue ethics and the history of ethics and to others who want to understand how virtue ethics is changing the face of contemporary moral philosophy.
Table of Contents
|The definition of virtue ethics|
|Ancient virtue ethics: an overview with an emphasis on practical wisdom|
|Virtue ethics and the Chinese Confucian tradition|
|Virtue ethics in the medieval period|
|Hume's anatomy of virtue|
|The historic decline of virtue ethics|
|Virtue ethics in the twentieth century|
|Virtue ethics and right action|
|Virtue ethics and bioethics|
|Environmental virtue ethics: what it is and what it needs to be|
|The virtue approach to business ethics|
|Virtue and politics|
|Happiness and the virtues|
|The situationist critique of virtue ethics|
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