"We have reduced all virtues to one: being nice. And, we measure Jesus by our standard instead of measuring our standard by Him." For the Christian, explains author Peter Kreeft, being virtuous is not a means to the end of pleasure, comfort and happiness. Virtue, he reminds us, is a word that means "manly strength." But how do we know when we are being meek--or just cowardly? When is our anger righteous--and when is it a sin? What is the difference between being virtuous--and merely ethical? Back to Virtue clears up these and countless other questions that beset Christians today. Kreeft not only summarizes scriptural and theological wisdom on leading a holy life, he contrasts Christian virtue with other ethical systems. He applies traditional moral theology to present-day dilemmas such as abortion and nuclear armament. Kreeft restores to us what was once common knowledge: the Seven Deadly Sins have an antidote in the Beatitudes. By setting up a close contrast between the two sets of behaviors, Kreeft offers proven guidance in the often bewildering process of discerning right from wrong as we move into the questionable mores of the twenty-first century. He provides a road map of virtue, a map for our earthly pilgrimage synthesized from the accumulated wisdom of centuries of Christians, from Paul and the early Church Fathers through C.S. Lewis.
Back to Virtue clears up these and countless other questions that beset Christians today. Kreeft not only summarizes scriptural and theological wisdom on leading a holy life, he contrasts Christian virtue with other ethical systems.
Author: Peter Kreeft
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Author: Elaine Schwartz Dalton
Publisher: Deseret Book
Category: Christian life
This 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?"
... is being said about virtue ethics in current treatments that make little reference
to the ancient texts, and then to go back and see what is there in the writings of
Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, the Stoics, and others. In going back to the ancient texts
Author: Raymond J. Devettere
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Virtue ethics is on the move both in Anglo-American philosophy and in the rest of the world. This volume uniquely emphasizes non-Western varieties of virtue ethics at the same time that it includes work in the many different fields or areas of philosophy where virtue ethics has recently spread its wings. Just as significantly, several chapters make comparisons between virtue ethics and other ways of approaching ethics or political philosophy or show how virtue ethics can be applied to "real world" problems.
Some of these reach back to Plato and Aristotle, and here there are significant
intersections with inquiries pursued by Natural Law TVE and Particularist TVE:
questions concerning the unity and/or interconnectedness of the virtues,
Author: Lorraine L Besser
Twenty-three years ago, Misty Banner was brutally slashed to death in her home in Virtue Falls, Washington. Her husband was convicted of the murder. Their four year old daughter Elizabeth witnessed the crime, but has no memory of the killing. Now, two decades later, Elizabeth is back in Virtue Falls. She soon discovers her father is innocent. The real killer is still out there. And her investigation has stirred dark and deadly resentments that could provoke in another bloody murder—her own—in this riveting novel from bestselling author Christina Dodd.
Tomorrow I'll start making the arrangements to return to Virtue Falls. But please,
for once, think like a businessman. We've got to make this an event.” “I have to
get back as quickly as I can.” His chest hurt from the anxiety of not knowing what
Author: Christina Dodd
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Aristotle tells us, 'tis impossible for a man to make equal returns to the favours, his
father and the gods have bestowed on him. How then can it be possible for us to
make any return to this Great God, who is the father of all fathers, and from ...
Virtue ethics is perhaps the most important development within late twentieth-century moral philosophy. Rosalind Hursthouse, who has made notable contributions to this development, now presents a full exposition and defence 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. Deliberately avoiding a combative stance, she finds less disagreement between Kantian and neo-Aristotelian approaches than is usual, and she offers the first account from a virtue ethics perspective of acting 'from a sense of duty'. She considers the question which character traits are virtues, and explores how answers to this question can be justified by appeal to facts about human nature. Written in a clear, engaging style which makes it accessible to non-specialists, On Virtue Ethics will appeal to anyone with an interest in moral philosophy.
'Virtue ethics' is a term of art, initially introduced to distinguish an approach in
normative ethics which emphasizes the virtues, ... Virtue ethics is both an old and
a new approach to ethics, old in so far as it dates back to the writings of Plato and
Author: Rosalind Hursthouse
Publisher: OUP Oxford
The question of community is central to our daily life: where do we belong to, what do we share with each other? The French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy has made these questions one of the central topics of his oeuvre. Jean-Luc Nancy and the Question of Community is the first to elaborate extensively this question within Nancy. Ignaas Devisch sketches the philosophical debate on community today and puts the work of Nancy within its intellectual context, from Heidegger and Derrida, to Bataille and Blanchot. Devisch argues that Nancy's work takes another look at community, at the social bond and at identity more generally than we are used to.
dissatisfied with modern moral philosophy and for the first time in the twentieth
century the concept of virtue was brought back into ethics, albeit only in
embryonic form. It was Anscombe who, in Modern Moral Philosophy (Anscombe
Author: Ignaas Devisch
Publisher: A&C Black
Genocide, famine, usury, decadence and disillusion--waking up to the realities of this modern world can lead one to a stark depression. Is there an alternative to the life of comfortable complacency? Part memoir, part manifesto--all call to action. This is a message to the youth of today, those who may feel disenfranchised with the modern "progressive" world, and seek an alternative. This book dares the youth to question the dogma of today and rekindle their primordial wisdom inside. Through a series of 'life experiments', intimate narrative, and personal experience going through the 16 year education system (the "Indoctrination of Fear program"), Jayme shares how one can revolt against the Modern World and come to ones own revelation--to return to virtue. For more information, or to purchase a copy of the audiobook, please visit: jaymeliardi.com "Reading REVELATION: A Return To Virtue, is an uplifting lesson on reflection and praxis shared through a personal journey.This book proclaims, challenges, motivates, and models.It is an important contribution to a swelling tide of independent thinking that just might lift humanity out of the muck and mire of a dispiriting age of delusional commerce." -Marc Fasanella, PhD"
"Reading REVELATION: A Return To Virtue, is an uplifting lesson on reflection and praxis shared through a personal journey. This book proclaims, challenges, motivates, and models.
Author: Jayme Liardi
This book examines the Socratic method of elenchus, or refutation. Refutation by its very nature is a conflict, which in the hands of Plato becomes high drama. The continuing conversation in which it occurs is more a test of character than of intellect. Dialogue and Discovery shows that, in his conversations, Socrates seeks to define moral qualities--moral essences--with the goal of improving the soul of the respondent. Ethics underlies epistemology because the discovery of philosophic truth imposes moral demands on the respondent. The recognition that moral qualities such as honesty, humility, and courage are necessary to successful inquiry is the key to the understanding of the Socratic paradox that virtue is knowledge. The dialogues receiving the most emphasis are the Apology, Gorgias, Protagoras, and Meno.
It is a long way from Socrates ' offer of hope to Protagoras ' guarantee that on the
very day one begins his course of study he will return a better man . In short , the
shift from " Virtue can be taught " to " Virtue can be recollected " is more than a ...
Author: Kenneth Seeskin
Publisher: SUNY Press