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The Cambridge Companion to Virtue Ethics (Cambridge Companions to Philosophy)

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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 ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Cambridge University Press
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Billie Pritchett
Jan 07, 2016 Billie Pritchett rated it really liked it
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The Cambridge Companion to Virtue Ethics is a good book of essays that'll tell you everything you want to know about virtue ethics. It not only focuses on Aristotle's version of virtue ethics, which is maybe the most popular, but also David Hume's and Confucius's. Virtue ethics is essentially the view that various dispositions to think and behave (called the Virtues) can help us live a better life. According to the view, if we live according to the Virtues we will be more likely to live well.

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James Miller
Dec 09, 2013 James Miller rated it it was amazing
Ever so good. I really enjoyed this one especially passages discussing the influence of virtue theory in Hume and Kant as this was new to me. The more I read the more I think virtue ethics is the answer: I don't like deontology, utilitarianism suffers from faults as best described by Rawls and SCT is predictaed on the wrong concepts of the good life.

I teach Philosophy in school and I find this fabulously useful.
Paul Crider
Feb 09, 2016 Paul Crider rated it it was amazing
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The breadth of topics covered in this volume is impressive. The field of virtue ethics is much bigger than I thought before reading through this book.
Elizabeth Parks
Jun 27, 2016 Elizabeth Parks rated it it was amazing
Great introduction to the main themes of the Aristotelian, Humean, and modern revitalization of virtue ethics.
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