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Practical Intelligence and the Virtues

Daniel C. Russell


One of the most important developments in modern moral philosophy is the resurgence of interest in the virtues. This book 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. The book 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 m ... More

Keywords: ethics, moral philosophy, moral psychology, phronesis, practical intelligence, right action, situationism, social psychology, virtue, virtue ethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199565795
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199565795.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel C. Russell, author
Wichita State University
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