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Practical Intelligence and the Virtues - Daniel C. Russell

Practical Intelligence and the Virtues

Paperback Published: 1st October 2011
ISBN: 9780199698448
Number Of Pages: 458

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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.

1: Practical Intelligence and the Virtues: An Aristotelian Approach Part 1. Phronesis, Virtue, and Right Action 2: Right Action for Virtue Ethics 3: Right Action and Virtuous Motives 4: Right Action and 'the Virtuous Person' Part 2. The Enumeration Problem 5: The Enumeration Problem 6: Individuating the Virtues 7: Magnificence, Generosity, and Subordination Part 3. Situations, Dispositions, and Virtues 8: Situations and Broad-Based Dispositions 9: Situations and Dispositions: Examining the Evidence 10: From Situationism to Virtue Theory Part 4. Defending Hard Virtue Theory 11: Phronesis and the Unity of the Virtues 12: Responsibility for Character Works Cited Index Locorum General Index

ISBN: 9780199698448
ISBN-10: 0199698449
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 458
Published: 1st October 2011
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.49  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.74

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