Virtue Rediscovered : Deontology, Consequentialism, and Virtue Ethics in the Contemporary Moral Landscape, Hardback Book

Virtue Rediscovered : Deontology, Consequentialism, and Virtue Ethics in the Contemporary Moral Landscape Hardback

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Virtue ethics occupies the strange position of being one of the oldest and most prominently discussed ethical theories throughout history, and yet many contemporary moral philosophers do not recognize it as a genuine alternative to currently prominent normative theories, such as utilitarianism or Kantian ethics.

In Virtue Rediscovered: Deontology, Consequentialism, and Virtue Ethics in the Contemporary Moral Landscape, Nathan Wood argues that this discrepancy requires us to rethink how we understand the function and purpose of normative ethical theories, especially insofar as such theories are expected to be action guiding.

All ethical theories guide action, but do so in two different ways.

One way is through stipulating criteria for what we ought to do, but another way is setting a core concern that represents an account of what lies at the heart of morality and determines the moral salience of features in the world.

This framework not only clarifies the nature of deontology, consequentialism, and virtue ethics, but also recasts the debate among them.

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