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Theory and Practice of Virtue

  • By Gilbert C. Meilaender
Many students of philosophical and theological ethics have recently experienced a renewed interest in what may be called an ethic of virtue. Such an ethic focuses less on the concept of duty--or doing--and more on being. Central to an ethic of virtue is a division of moral life that emphasizes character and character development or moral education. /// The Theory and Practice of Virtue presents a series of connected essays--drawing on the thoughts of such diverse figures as Josef Pieper, Plato Lawrence Kohlberg, and Martin Luther--which explore theories of virtue and the practical task of being virtuous. /// Meilaender follows his consideration of the conceptual difficulties of moral education with a discussion of the practical problems and dangers of attempting to teach virtue, and more generally, of the problems of observing an ethic which emphasizes virtue within a theology that emphasizes grace. Chapters devoted to particular virtues and vices--the vice of curiosity and the virtue of gratitude--explicitly illustrate the book's central thematic concerns.

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    • SKU: 9780268018535
    • Manufacturer: Univ Of Notre Dame
    • Language of Text: English
    • ISBN 13: 9780268018535
    • ISBN 10: 0268018537
    • Publication Date: 08/01/1988
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: Gilbert C. Meilaender
    • Page Count: 208
    • Width: 5.58 inches
    • Height: 0.65 inches
    • Length: 8.46 inches
    • Weight: 0.67 pounds
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