Synopses & Reviews
Virtue ethics is perhaps the most important development within late twentieth-century moral philosophy. Rosalind Hursthouse, who has made notable contributions to this development, here presents a full exposition and defense of her neo-Aristotelian version of virtue ethics. She shows how virtue ethics can provide guidance for action, illuminate moral dilemmas, and bring out the moral significance of the emotions.
"With this book virtue ethics finally comes of age. Hursthouse elegantly dispels the aura of unattractive high-mindedness that has clung to the approach. Firmly rebutting both psychological and moral criticisms of the view, she shows how the life of the virtuous is both possible and even enjoyable. This volume will effortlessly take its place as the defining exposition of the view."--Simon Blackburn, University of North Carolina
About the Author
Rosalind Hursthouse is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the Open University.
Table of Contents
Introduction; PART I: ACTION; 1. Right Action; 2. Resolvable dilemmas; 3. Irresolvable and tragic dilemmas; PART II: EMOTION AND MOTIVATION; 4. Aristotle and Kant; 5. Virtue and the emotions; 6. The virtuous agent's reasons for action; 7. Moral motivation; PART III: RATIONALITY; 8. The virtues benefit their possessor; 9. Naturalism; 10. Naturalism for rational animals; 11. Objectivity; Bibliography; Index.