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The Virtue Ethics of Hume and Nietzsche

The Virtue Ethics of Hume and Nietzsche

Christine Swanton

ISBN: 978-1-118-93939-0

May 2015

248 pages

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$99.95

Description

This ground-breaking and lucid contribution to the vibrant field of virtue ethics focuses on the influential work of Hume and Nietzsche, providing fresh perspectives on their philosophies and a compelling account of their impact on the development of virtue ethics.

  • A ground-breaking text that moves the field of virtue ethics beyond ancient moral theorists and examines the highly influential ethical work of Hume and Nietzsche from a virtue ethics perspective
  • Contributes both to virtue ethics and a refreshed understanding of Hume’s and Nietzsche’s ethics
  • Skilfully bridges the gap between continental and analytical philosophy
  • Lucidly written and clearly organized, allowing students to focus on either Hume or Nietzsche
  • Written by one of the most important figures contributing to virtue ethics today

Preface ix

Introduction xi

Part I: A Virtue Ethical Map 1

Chapter 1 Interpretation as a Map 3

Chapter 2 Hume and Nietzsche as Response Dependence Virtue Ethicists 19

Part II: The Virtue Ethics of Hume 43

Chapter 3 Can Hume Be Both a Sentimentalist and a Virtue Ethicist? 45

Chapter 4 Hume and the Problem of Justice as a Virtue 70

Chapter 5 What Kind of Virtue Ethicist Is Hume? 87

Part III: The Virtue Ethics of Nietzsche 109

Chapter 6 Can Nietzsche Be Both a Virtue Ethicist and an Egoist? 111

Chapter 7 Can Nietzsche Be Both a Virtue Ethicist and an Existentialist? 135

Chapter 8 What Kind of Virtue Ethicist Is Nietzsche? 157

Part IV: New Directions 179

Chapter 9 Humean Virtue Ethics: Virtue Ethics of Love 181

Chapter 10 Nietzschean Virtue Ethics: Virtue Ethics of Becoming 195

Bibliography 212

Index 222