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The Virtues: A Very Short Introduction

Craig A. Boyd and Kevin Timpe

March 2021

ISBN: 9780198845379

144 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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The nature of the virtues has a long tradition of thought, from Aristotle to Thomas Aquinas. This book considers the virtues in various cultural, religious, and philosophical contexts. Examining the key virtues, and some of the vices, it explores the cultivation of the virtues as an alternative way of moral thinking.

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The nature of the virtues has a long tradition of thought, from Aristotle to Thomas Aquinas. This book considers the virtues in various cultural, religious, and philosophical contexts. Examining the key virtues, and some of the vices, it explores the cultivation of the virtues as an alternative way of moral thinking.

  • Introduces the virtues and their role in philosophical and religious thinking, from Aristotle and Confucius to today
  • Considers the virtues in a variety of cultural contexts
  • Explores the variety of virtues: moral, intellectual, theological, and corrective
  • Examines what have come to be known as the key virtues (and some of the vices)
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Craig A. Boyd, Saint Louis University, and Kevin Timpe, Calvin College

Craig A. Boyd is Professor of Philosophy & Humanities in the School for Professional Studies at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO. His academic interests include the work of St. Thomas Aquinas, natural law ethics, studies in charity and humility, issues at the intersection of evolution and normative ethical theory, and the moral thought of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Kevin Timpe holds the William H. Jellema Chair in Christian Philosophy at Calvin College. He has been a visiting faculty or scholar at Calvin Theological Seminary, Innsbruck University, Oxford University, and Peking University. He has written and edited ten books and published nearly 50 articles. Most of his scholarly writing focuses on issues of free will, virtue ethics, philosophical theology, and the philosophy of disability.

Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    1:Whose virtues, which vices?
    2:The moral virtues: feeling good about being good
    3:The intellectual virtues: being mindful
    4:Whose culture? which virtues? Confucian and Islamic contributions to the virtues
    5:The theological virtues: be good, by God!
    6:The capital vices: good gone wrong, very wrong
    7:Conclusion
    Further reading
    Index