Beyond the Self

Virtue Ethics and the Problem of Culture

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Raymond Hain
  • Waco, TX: 
    Baylor University Press
    , July
     296 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


W. David Solomon sits at the very center of the revival of virtue ethics. Solomon’s work extended what began with the publication of G. E. M. Anscombe’s "Modern Moral Philosophy" (1958) by solidifying virtue ethics as a viable approach within contemporary moral philosophy.

Beyond the Self: Virtue Ethics and the Problem of Culture comprises twelve chapters: eleven that employ Solomon’s work and legacy, followed by a twelfth concluding chapter by Solomon himself. Each chapter deepens and develops virtue ethics as a rich intellectual tradition rooted in Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas.

Editor Raymond Hain divides the volume into three sections. The first addresses the historical contexts of happiness, justice, and mercy in the tradition of Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas. The second turns to recent themes in normative ethics, focusing on topics such as morality, virtue, and egoism. The third discusses broader ethical issues with significant cultural implications, such as human dignity, physician-assisted suicide, and secularization.

Beyond the Self uncovers the shortcomings of contemporary moral philosophy and the depth and capacity of the Aristotelian and Thomistic traditions, reminding the reader that classical virtue ethics remains the most promising framework for understanding the moral life.

Contributors include: Michael Beaty, Kevin L. Flannery, Raymond Hain, John Haldane, Thomas Hibbs, Irfan Khawaja, Alasdair MacIntyre, John O’Callaghan, Bryan C. Pilkington, W. David Solomon, Christopher Toner, and Candace Vogler.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Raymond Hain is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Providence College.




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