The central question in contemporary ethics is whether virtue can replace duty as the primary notion in ethical theory. The subject of intense contemporary debate in ethical theory, virtue ethics is currently enjoying an increase in interest. This is the first book to focus directly on the subject. It provides a clear, systematic introduction to the area and houses under one cover a collection of the central articles published on the debate over the past decade. The essays encompass a wide range ofaspects: the difference between virtue ethics and traditional duty ethics; present arguments for and against virtue ethics; the practical implications of virtue ethics and the Aristotelian and Kantian attitudes to virtue ethics.
Daniel Statman is Professor of Philosophy at Bar-Ilan University, Israel.
Introduction to virture ethics, Daniel Statman; what is virtue ethics all about? Gregory Trianosky; on the primacy of character, Gary Watson; virtue ethics and satisfying rationality, Christine Swanton; VE and the emotions, Rosalind Hursthouse; emotional identification, closeness and size - some contributions to virtue ethics, Michael Stocker; what is VE and why should we opt for it? Michael Slote; by virtue of a virtue, Harold Alderman; internal objections to VE, David Solomon; on some vices of VE, Robert Loudon; VE, a qualified success story, Philipp Montague; corporate roles, personal virtues - an Aritolelian approach to business ethics, Robert Solomon; virtue theory and abortion, Rosalind Hursthouse; contemporary VE and Aristotle, Peter Simpson; does Aristotle have a VE, Gerasimos Santas; Kant's virtue ethics, Robert Louden.