Introduction to Virtue Ethics
Insights of the Ancient Greeks
By (author) Raymond J. Devettere
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Introduction to Virtue Ethics by Raymond J. Devettere
Book DescriptionThis fascinating examination of the development of virtue ethics in the early stages of western civilization deals with a wide range of philosophers and schools of philosophy - from Socrates and the Stoics to Plato, Aristotle, and the Epicureans, among others. This introduction examines those human attributes that we have come to know as the "stuff" of virtue: desire, happiness, the "good", character, the role of pride, prudence, and wisdom, and links them to more current or modern conceptions and controversies. The tension between viewing ethics and morality as fundamentally religious or as fundamentally rational still runs deep in our culture. A second tension centers on whether we view morality primarily in terms of our obligations or primarily in terms of our desires for what is good. The Greek term arete, which we generally translate as "virtue", can also be translated as "excellence". Arete embraced both intellectual and moral excellence as well as human creations and achievements. Useful, certainly, for classrooms, "Virtue Ethics" is also for anyone interested in the fundamental question Socrates posed, "What kind of life is worth living?"
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780878403721
(216mm x 140mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Georgetown University Press
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publish Date: 25-Sep-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Raymond J. Devettere
Practical Decision Making in Health Care Ethics, Paperback (April 2016)» View all books by Raymond J. Devettere
Offering a teachable alternative to the dominant principle-based theories in the field, the author's approach is not based on an ethics of abstract obligations and duties but, following Aristotle, on how to live a fulfilled and happy life - in short, an ethics of personal well-being grounded in prudence, the virtue of ethical decision making.
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Author Biography - Raymond J. Devettere
Raymond J. Devettere teaches health care ethics at Emmanuel College and Boston College. He is a long-time member of the ethics committee at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in the Greater Boston area, and author of Practical Decision Making in Health Care Ethics.
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