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Before Virtue
by Jonathan J. Sanford
Catholic University of America Press, 2015
Paper: 978-0-8132-3262-1 | Cloth: 978-0-8132-2739-9 | eISBN: 978-0-8132-2740-5
Library of Congress Classification BJ1521.S26 2015
Dewey Decimal Classification 171.3

Jonathan Sanford finds that despite the common origins of contemporary virtue ethics in Anscombe, the literature varies widely not just in its scope but in its basic commitments. What exactly is contemporary virtue ethics? In Before Virtue, Sanford develops strategies for describing contemporary virtue ethics accurately. He then assesses contemporary virtue approaches by the Anscombean dual standard which inspired them: the degree to which they avoid the pitfalls of modern moral philosophy and the extent to which they exemplify a successful recovery of an Aristotelian approach to ethics.

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