Virtues in Action

New Essays in Applied Virtue Ethics

  • Michael W. Austin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Michael W. Austin
      Pages 1-8
  3. Professional Virtue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
  4. Social Virtue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Stan van Hooft
      Pages 55-69
    3. Franco V. Trivigno
      Pages 86-101
  5. Environmental Virtue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Matthew Pianalto
      Pages 132-149
  6. Intellectual Virtue

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 207-222

About this book


In recent decades, many philosophers have considered the strengths and weaknesses of a virtue-centered approach to moral theory. Much less attention has been given to how such an approach bears on issues in applied ethics. The essays in this volume apply a virtue-centered perspective to a variety of contemporary moral issues, and in so doing offer a fresh and illuminating perspective. Some of the essays focus on a particular virtue and its application to one or more realms of applied ethics, such as temperance and sex or humility and environmental ethics. Other chapters focus on an issue in applied ethics and bring several virtues into a discussion of that issue or realm of life, such as sport, education, and business. Finally, several of the chapters engage relevant psychological research as well as current neuroscience, which enhances the strength of the philosophical arguments.


ethics morality Virtue Ethics

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael W. Austin
    • 1
  1. 1.Eastern Kentucky UniversityUSA

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