Intelligent Virtue


Author: Julia Annas

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199228787

Category: Philosophy

Page: 189

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Julia Annas offers a new account of virtue and happiness as central ethical ideas. She argues that exercising a virtue involves practical reasoning of the kind we find in someone exercising an everyday practical skill, such as farming, building, or playing the piano. This helps us to see virtue as part of an agent's happiness or flourishing.

Developing the Virtues

Integrating Perspectives


Author: Julia Annas,Nancy E. Snow,Professor Darcia Narvaez, PhD

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190271469

Category: Conduct of life

Page: 328

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Ethicists and psychologists have become increasingly interested in the development of virtue in recent years, approaching the topic from the perspectives of virtue ethics and developmental psychology respectively. Such interest in virtue development has spread beyond academia, as teachers and parents have increasingly striven to cultivate virtue as part of education and child-rearing. Looking at these parallel trends in the study and practice of virtue development, the essays in this volume explore such questions as: How can philosophical work on virtue development inform psychological work on it, and vice versa? How should we understand virtue as a dimension of human personality? What is the developmental foundation of virtue? What are the evolutionary aspects of virtue and its development? How is virtue fostered? How is virtue exemplified in behavior and action? How is our conception of virtue influenced by context and by developmental and social experiences? What are the tensions, impediments and prospects for an integrative field of virtue study? Rather than centering on each discipline, the essays in this volume are organized around themes and engage each other in a broader dialogue. The volume begins with an introductory essay from the editors that a wide-angle view of the fuller range of philosophical and empirical issues that have surrounded the notion of virtue in recent years.

Cultivating Virtue

Perspectives from Philosophy, Theology, and Psychology


Author: Nancy E. Snow

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199967423

Category: Philosophy

Page: 349

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Despite the rising interest in virtue, little attention has been paid to the question of how virtue is developed. This volume addresses this gap in the literature. Each contribution focuses on some aspect of virtue acquisition, either by examining the science that explains virtue development, by highlighting virtue cultivation within distinctive traditions of thought, or by taking developmental perspectives that yield fresh insights into criticisms of virtue ethics.

The Virtue Ethics of Hume and Nietzsche


Author: Christine Swanton

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118939387

Category: Philosophy

Page: 248

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This ground-breaking and lucid contribution to the vibrant field ofvirtue ethics focuses on the influential work of Hume andNietzsche, providing fresh perspectives on their philosophies and acompelling account of their impact on the development of virtueethics. A ground-breaking text that moves the field of virtue ethicsbeyond ancient moral theorists and examines the highly influentialethical work of Hume and Nietzsche from a virtue ethicsperspective Contributes both to virtue ethics and a refreshed understandingof Hume’s and Nietzsche’s ethics Skilfully bridges the gap between continental and analyticalphilosophy Lucidly written and clearly organized, allowing students tofocus on either Hume or Nietzsche Written by one of the most important figures contributing tovirtue ethics today

Passion, Prudence, and Virtue in Shakespearean Drama


Author: Unhae Park Langis

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441187456

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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An analysis of passion, prudence and virtue in Shakespearean drama from the perspective of ethical criticism.

Practical Intelligence and the Virtues


Author: Daniel C. Russell

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191609900

Category: Philosophy

Page: 464

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One of the most important developments in modern moral philosophy is the resurgence of interest in the virtues. In this new book, Daniel Russell explores two important hopes for such an approach to moral thought: that starting from the virtues should cast light on what makes an action right, and that notions like character, virtue, and vice should yield a plausible picture of human psychology. Russell argues that the key to each of these hopes is an understanding of the cognitive and deliberative skills involved in the virtues. If right action is defined in terms of acting generously or kindly, then these virtues must involve skills for determining what the kind or generous thing to do would be on a given occasion. Likewise, Russell argues that understanding virtuous action as the intelligent pursuit of virtuous goals yields a promising picture of the psychology of virtue. This book develops an Aristotelian account of the virtue of practical intelligence or 'phronesis'—an excellence of deliberating and making choices—which Russell argues is a necessary part of every virtue. This emphasis on the roots of the virtues in the practical intellect contrasts with ambivalence about the practical intellect in much recent work on the virtues—a trend Russell argues is ultimately perilous for virtue theory. This book also takes a penetrating look at issues like the unity of the virtues, responsibility for character, and that elusive figure, 'the virtuous person'. Written in a clear and careful manner, Practical Intelligence and the Virtues will appeal to philosophers and students alike in moral philosophy and moral psychology.

Poetry Daily

366 Poems from the World's Most Popular Poetry Website


Author: Diane Boller,Don Selby,Chryss Yost

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 9781402252839

Category: Poetry

Page: 480

View: 3599

A poem-a-day book from the Web's No. 1 poetry site

The Simple Way

A New Translation of the Tao-teh-king


Author: Laozi

Publisher: N.A



Page: 186

View: 9867

The Index


Author: Francis Ellingwood Abbot

Publisher: N.A


Category: Religion

Page: N.A

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Handbook of Research on Computational Intelligence for Engineering, Science, and Business


Author: Bhattacharyya, Siddhartha

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 1466625198

Category: Computers

Page: 746

View: 4712

Using the same strategy for the needs of image processing and pattern recognition, scientists and researchers have turned to computational intelligence for better research throughputs and end results applied towards engineering, science, business and financial applications. Handbook of Research on Computational Intelligence for Engineering, Science, and Business discusses the computation intelligence approaches, initiatives and applications in the engineering, science and business fields. This reference aims to highlight computational intelligence as no longer limited to computing-related disciplines and can be applied to any effort which handles complex and meaningful information.

Intelligent Behavior in Animals and Robots


Author: David McFarland,Tom Bösser

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262132930

Category: Computers

Page: 308

View: 8762

Intelligence takes many forms. This exciting study explores the novel insight, basedon well-established ethological principles, that animals, humans, and autonomous robots can all beanalyzed as multi-task autonomous control systems. Biological adaptive systems, the authors argue,can in fact provide a better understanding of intelligence and rationality than that provided bytraditional AI.In this technically sophisticated, clearly written investigation of robot-animalanalogies, McFarland and Bösser show that a bee's accuracy in navigating on a cloudy day and amoth's simple but effective hearing mechanisms have as much to teach us about intelligent behavioras human models. In defining intelligent behavior, what matters is the behavioral outcome, not thenature of the mechanism by which the outcome is achieved. Similarly, in designing robots capable ofintelligent behavior, what matters is the behavioral outcome.McFarland and Bösser address theproblem of how to assess the consequences of robot behavior in a way that is meaningful in terms ofthe robot's intended role, comparing animal and robot in relation to rational behavior, goalseeking, task accomplishment, learning, and other important theoretical issues.David McFarland isReader in Animal Behaviour at the University of Oxford. Thomas Bösser is Head of the Man MachineResearch Group at Westfälische Wilhelms Universität, in Münster, and a partner in the consultingfirm Advanced Concepts.