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Virtue and the Moral Life


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Preface Part I: Why Virtue? Chapter One: Seven Reasons for Doing Virtue Ethics Today James F. Keenan, S.J. Chapter Two: Augustine and the Liturgical Pedagogy of Virtue Jennifer A. Herdt Part II: Virtue, Conscience, and Public Life Chapter Three: Historical Accountability and the Virtue of Civic Integrity Margaret Urban Walker Chapter Four: Moral Grief and Reflective Virtue Mark A. Wilson Part III: Virtue, Children, and the Family Chapter Five: Children, Virtue Ethics, and Consumer Culture Mary M. Doyle Roche Chapter Six: Passing on the Faith in an Era of Rising 'Nones': Practicing Courage and Humility Julie Hanlon Rubio Part IV: Virtue and Moral Failure Chapter Seven: Sin, Sickness, and Transgression: Medieval Perspectives on Sin and Their Significance Today Jean Porter Chapter Eight: Making More Space for Moral Failure Lisa Tessman Part V: Virtue and the Challenge of Otherness Chapter Nine: Distinguishing Humility and Justice in Christian and Islamic Virtue Jamie Schillinger Chapter Ten: Human Corruption and the Possibility of Love: Dostoevskian Ruminations on Forgiveness Edmund N. Santurri

About the Author

William Werpehowski holds the Robert L. McDevitt, K.S.G., K.C.H.S. and Catherine H. McDevitt L.C.H.S. Chair in Catholic Theology at Georgetown University. He is the author of Karl Barth and Christian Ethics: Living in Truth (2014) and American Protestant Ethics and the Legacy of H. Richard Niebuhr (2002). Kathryn Getek Soltis is assistant professor of Christian ethics in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and director of the Center for Peace and Justice Education at Villanova University.


Featuring some of the most interesting and senior scholars working on the virtues today, the volume makes a fine contribution to the literature.... [M]ost entries...significantly advance research into their chosen topics.... The volume will be useful to more advanced students who want to see issues of public and family life run through a virtue ethics filter, and it will be studied closely by specialists who look to figures such as Porter and Herdt for pioneering developments in the field. * Studies in Christian Ethics *
While many of the foremost voices in Christian virtue ethics are represented here, this collection strides beyond the ordinary by also including prominent philosophers and by pondering new or neglected matters, such as moral failure, moral grief, the virtue of civic integrity, and the liturgical pedagogy of virtue. This is an essential work for anyone interested in creative thinking about virtue theory today. -- Lisa Sowle Cahill, Boston College
Virtue and the Moral Life provides an excellent overview of discussions in virtue ethics today. It offers a broad, uniquely interdisciplinary view that breaks away from the standard isolation of philosophical virtue ethics from theological virtue ethics. It creatively puts younger ethicists in conversation with distinguished scholars in both theology and philosophy. Many will find something to appreciate in this important volume. -- Stephen J. Pope, Boston College
Containing clearly written, creative contributions from both established and more recent theologians and philosophers, this volume will stand out as an important, twenty-first century resource on virtue ethics. Its co-editors deserve credit for their skillful efforts in bringing together such a fascinating collection of essays that should be required reading for anyone-scholars, students, and the wider public-interested in virtue and the moral life. -- Tobias Winright, Hubert Mader Chair of Health Care Ethics, Saint Louis University

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