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Burdened Virtues: Virtue Ethics for Liberatory Struggles

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Lisa Tessman's Burdened Virtues is a deeply original and provocative work that engages questions central to feminist theory and practice, from the perspective of Aristotelian ethics. Focused primarily on selves who endure and resist oppression, she addresses the ways in which devastating conditions confronted by these selves both limit and burden their moral goodness, and ...more
Hardcover, 185 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 2005)
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Paul Crider
Feb 09, 2016 Paul Crider rated it liked it
Lisa Tessman's basic thesis is that conditions of oppression obstruct the development of certain virtues on the one hand and, on the other hand, require cultivation of "burdened virtues" that act counter to the agent's own flourishing. Consider, for example, anger at injustice. Anger at an unjust act is appropriate and obviously necessary if we want to advance justice. But for, say, an oppressed minority, injustice occurs not in discrete actions from time to time but rather in a pervasive ...more
I'm a big fan of this book, even though I'm only sort of a fan of virtue ethics (my Kantian intuitions run too deep!). I think Tessman does a great job using and critiquing Aristotle's version of virtue ethics. Or, whatever - the current interpretation of Aristotle's virtue ethics. (There are too many history questions to deal with . . .)

Good stuff. I like her discussion of anger and proper anger, in particular. She does a nice job of bringing in Lugones, who's kind of a tough read sometimes, an
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