Phenomenology and Virtue Ethics

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  • Copyright: 2013-12-05
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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The correlation between person and environment has long been a central focus of phenomenological analysis. While phenomenology is usually understood as a descriptive discipline showing how essential features of the human encounter with things and people in the world are articulated, phenomenology is also based on ethical concerns. Husserl himself, the founder of the movement, gave several lecture courses on ethics. This volume focuses on one trend in ethics—virtue ethics—and its connection to phenomenology. The essays explore how phenomenology contributes to this field of ethics and clarifies some of its central issues, such as flourishing and good character traits. The volume initiates a conversation with virtue ethicists that is underrepresented in the current literature.

Phenomenology and Virtue Ethics offers contributions from prominent phenomenologists who explore the following issues: how phenomenology is connected to the ancient Greek or Christian virtue tradition, how phenomenology and its foundational thinkers are oriented toward virtue ethics, and how phenomenology is itself a virtue discipline. The focus on phenomenology and virtue ethics in a single volume is the first of its kind.

Author Biography

Kevin Hermberg is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Dominican College, New York, USA.

Paul Gyllenhammer is Associate Professor of Philosophy at St. John’s University, Queens, NY, USA.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Phenomenology and Virtue Ethics: an Introduction Kevin Hermberg
Part I: Phenomenology and the Tradition
1. Phainomenon and Logos in Aristotle’s Ethics Lawrence J. Hatab
2. ’Disimpropriation’ and Infused Virtue: The Question of (Christian) Virtue Ethics in the Phenomenology of Michel Henry Michelle Rebidoux
3. Being and Virtuousness: Toward a Platonic-Heideggerian Virtue Ethics Matthew King
4. Horizon Intentionality and Aristotelian Friendship Eric Chelstrom
5. Value, Affectivity, and Virtue in Aristotle, Scheler, and von Hildebrand Gregory B. Sadler
Part II: Theoretical and Contemporary Comparative Accounts
6. Phenomenology, Eudaimonia, and the Virtues John J. Drummond
7. Phenomenology and Virtue Ethics: Complementary Anti-Theoretical Methodological and Ethical Trajectories? Jack Reynolds
8. Phenomenology and the Virtues: Scheler and von Hildebrand Robert Wood
9. The Self that Recedes: A Phenomenology of Virtue J. Jeremy Wisnewski
Part III: Application of Phenomenology as a Virtue Discipline
10. The Virtues of Agency: A Phenomenology of Security, Courage and Creativity John Russon
11. Heideggerian Perfectionism and the Phenomenology of the Pedagogical Truth Event Iain Thomson
12. Descent to the Things Themselves: The Virtue of Dissent John Duncan
13. Correlates of the Good Life: Body, Wilderness and Expertise Paul Gyllenhammer

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