Before Virtue: Assessing Contemporary Virtue Ethics

2015.12.20 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jonathan Sanford, Before Virtue: Assessing Contemporary Virtue Ethics, The Catholic University of American Press, 2015, 280pp,
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2015.12.20 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jonathan Sanford, Before Virtue: Assessing Contemporary Virtue Ethics, The Catholic University of American Press, 2015, 280pp, $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780813227399. Reviewed by Micah Lott, Boston College This book has two main parts. In the first (chapters one though four), Sanford gives a largely critical assessment of contemporary virtue ethics (VE). The core of his criticism is that "mainstream" VE is un-Aristotelian in many ways, and that it "lacks a substantive unity of the sort that entails a cohesive, comprehensive, and coherent moral theory" (142). In the second part (chapters six through eight), Sanford gives an overview of an Aristotelian-Thomistic ethics that he takes to be a superior alternative to mainstream VE. The hinge between these two parts is chapter five, in which Sanford argues that Aristotle's ethics is not a virtue ethics, in the sense defined by mainstream VE. Central to Sanford's. . .

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