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Introduction to virtue ethics : insights of the ancient Greeks /
Raymond J. Devettere.
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Washington, D.C. : Georgetown University Press, c2002.
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ix, 195 p.
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0878403728 (pbk : alk. paper)
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Washington, D.C. : Georgetown University Press, c2002.
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0878403728 (pbk : alk. paper)
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4756849
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Raymond J. Devettere teaches health care ethics at Emmanuel College and Boston College.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2003-04-01:
The renewed interest in "virtue ethics" among philosophers in recent years has spawned a phenomenal amount of literature that reproduces, analyzes, and describes the ethical systems of the ancient Greeks and Romans. These systems constitute the historical origins of the idea that morality is a way of living well and not a body of speculative doctrine or dogma. Devettere (Boston College) makes another contribution to this literature. Unlike some more analytically detailed accounts of the moral philosophy of the ancients (e.g., Sarah Broadie's Ethics with Aristotle, CH, Oct'91), Devettere's book is intended only as an introduction that might encourage the reader to go on to read some of the authors discussed. Devettere covers Socrates, Aristotle, the Stoics, and the Epicureans in an introductory but authoritative fashion. This book is especially useful for its analyses of Stoic and Epicurean philosophers, some of whose writings have come down to us either only indirectly or in a very fragmentary manner. A welcome addition to the history of the philosophy of virtue ethics, this book contains almost 50 pages dedicated to a glossary, an index, and valuable bibliographical essays. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Especially useful for general readers and lower- and upper-division undergraduate students. P. A. Streveler West Chester University of Pennsylvania
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"[ Virtue Ethics ] clearly shows a mastery of both the classical philosophers and of contemporary controversies in ethics." -- John J. Conley, SJ , associate professor and former chair of philosophy at FordhamUniversity.
"Devettere gives a clear and useful account of some of the distinctive features of virtue-based ethics, explaining the relationship between the virtues and personal happiness, and the importance of prudential reasoning in exercising the virtues." --, Ageing and Society
"Unlike some more analytically detailed accounts of the moral philosophy of the ancients, Devettere's book is intended as an introduction that might encourage the reader to go to read some of the authors discussed. Deveterre covers Socrates, Aristotle, the Stoics, and the Epicureans in an introductive but authoritative fashion. This book is especially useful for its analyses of Stoic and Epicurean philosophers, some of whose writings have come down to us either only indirectly or in a very fragmentary manner. A welcome addition to the history of philosophy of virtue ethics, this book contains almost 50 pages dedicated to a glossary, an index, and valuable bibliographical essays. Especially useful for general readers and lower- and upper-division undergraduate students. Recommended." -- Choice
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Summaries
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This examination of the development of virtue ethics in the early stages of western civilisation deals with a wide range of philosophers and schools of philosophy - from Socrates and the Stoics to Plato, Aristotle and the Epicureans, among others.
Main Description
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?"
Main Description
An engaging and informative introduction to the birth and development of ethics in western civilization. From Aristotle to Zeno, this volume examines the foundations on which later philosophers built their understandings of the place -- and meaning-of human life.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
Desire, Happiness, and Virtue
The Origin of Ethicsp. 13
Desires and Impulses
Do People Have Nonrational Desires?
Two Objections
Desires, Impulses, and Good Things
Self-Interest and the Good
The Overriding Good
Plato and the Overriding Good
Aristotle and the Overriding Good
Summary of the Starting Point (the Arche) of Greek Virtue Ethics
Happinessp. 40
The Greatest Good Is Happiness
The Prephilosophical Notion of Happiness
The Prephilosophical Definitions of Happiness
Transforming the Prephilosophical Definitions of Happiness
The Philosophical Criteria for Happiness
Is There a Philosophical Definition of Happiness?
Character Virtuep. 60
Prephilosophical Ideas about Virtue
Philosophical Conception of Virtue
Three Important Distinctions in Virtue Ethics
Nature of the Authentic Character Virtues
The Number of Character Virtues
Pride, the Forgotten Character Virtue
The Unity of Virtue
Prudence and Character Virtue
Prudence in Socrates and Platop. 87
Wisdom and Prudence in the Socratic Dialogues
Xenophon's Account of Socrates' Deliberations
Prudence in the Republic
Prudence in the Philebus
Prudence in the Statesman
Prudence in the Laws
Prudence in Aristotlep. 107
Prudence in the Rhetoric
Prudence and Authentic Character Virtue
Prudence and Autonomy
Prudence and Prudent People (the phronimoi)
Prudence and Laws
Character Virtue without Prudence?
Prudence in Stoicismp. 126
Prudence and Stoic Determinism
Prudence as a Skill
Prudence and the Right Disposition (diathesis)
Prudence in Panaetius
The Stoic Sage (sophos)
Glossaryp. 139
Selected Greek Virtue Ethicistsp. 151
Bibliographical Essayp. 155
Bibliographyp. 174
Indexp. 185
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