After presenting a broad overview of the history of virtue ethics, this work explores virtues in the context of contemporary moral theory to analyse how many intractable moral dilemmas might be overcome by responsible, virtuous agents.
Contents: 1. Distinguishing virtue ethics from the ethics of duty -- 2. Aristotle's ethics -- 3. A brief history of virtue from the Stoics to Levinas -- 4. Reconciling virtue and justice -- 5. Some important virtues -- 6. Virtues and applied ethics.