World Virtue Ethics

Authored by: Stephen C. Angle

The Routledge Companion to Virtue Ethics

Print publication date:  February  2015
Online publication date:  February  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415659338
eBook ISBN: 9780203071755
Adobe ISBN: 9781135096694

10.4324/9780203071755.ch32

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Abstract

As many chapters in the present volume have shown, virtue ethics has been practiced and theorized in many different ways around the world. Different times and places have different lists of virtues, or differently conceptualized notions of unified virtue; virtues have been justified in different ways, interrelated in different ways, and had differing degrees of centrality in broader traditions of ethical thinking and practice. The goal of this chapter is to offer present-day theorists some ways of making sense of this diversity, as it informs our philosophical work and ethical living, both today and into the future. The bulk of the chapter is devoted to introducing four standpoints from which one might think about virtue ethics in a world context: tradition-based; rooted global; emergent cosmopolitan; and universal theory. The world impinges in different ways on theorists within each of these frameworks; as we reflect on which standpoint (or perhaps standpoints) we occupy, both the demands and also the opportunities of theorizing virtue ethics in the present, increasingly interconnected world will come into sharper focus.

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