History and Philosophy of Values and Virtues

  • Terence Lovat
  • Kerry Dally
  • Neville Clement
  • Ron Toomey


This chapter will focus on the central role that notions of values and virtues have played in the philosophies of multiple cultures through time. Brief attention will be paid to ancient Eastern, Western and Middle Eastern cultural mores, followed by fuller exploration of the ancient Hellenic culture that lies at the heart of the Western philosophical and ethical tradition. Particular attention will focus on the contribution of Aristotelian thought in dealing with issues of values and virtues and their role in the holistic wellbeing of citizens and their societies. The conception of Aristotle around eudaemonia will be central in making the point that, from earliest days, notions of values and virtues as integral to personal and communal wellbeing of body, mind and heart have been present. The chapter will briefly explore the heritage of such notions in the works of ancient, medieval and modern philosophy and their application to the formalities of education.


Moral Education Practical Action Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Knowledge Claim Empirical Science 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Terence Lovat
    • 1
  • Kerry Dally
    • 1
  • Neville Clement
    • 1
  • Ron Toomey
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of NewcastleNewcastleAustralia

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