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Burdened Virtues: Virtue Ethics for Liberatory Struggles

Lisa Tessman


Lisa Tessman’s Burdened Virtues: Virtue Ethics for Liberatory Struggles engages questions central to feminist theory and practice, from the perspective of Aristotelian ethics. Focused primarily on selves who endure and resist oppression, the book addresses the ways in which the devastating conditions confronted by these selves both limit and burden their moral goodness, and affect their possibilities for flourishing. The book describes two different forms of “moral trouble” prevalent under oppression. The first is that the oppressed self may be morally damaged, prevented from developing or exe ... More

Keywords: virtue, virtue ethics, burden, flourishing, moral damage, oppression, resistance, feminist theory, Aristotelian ethics, eudaimonism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195179149
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2005 DOI:10.1093/0195179145.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lisa Tessman, author
SUNY Binghamton
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