Toward Thriving Communities

Virtue Ethics as Social Ethics

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““Brian Stiltner’’s Toward Thriving Communities extends virtue ethics to concrete moral situations we face every day. Integrating theoretical analysis with application, Stiltner illuminates the importance of virtue ethics: from parenting to politics, from being a good neighbor to being a conscientious global citizen. Stiltner prompts readers to reflect personally on the moral character they should strive to embody and also to inculcate in the next generation. .  .  .  Stiltner’’s grounded elucidation of virtue theory will prove useful for students and lay readers who haven’’t yet been introduced to this classical and time-honored approach to moral living.””

Jason T. Eberl, PhD
Marian University

“Eschewing hyperbolic lamentations over the challenges posed for the cultivation of virtue by deep pluralism and rampant materialism, Brian Stiltner patiently attends to the ordinary communal contexts within which virtuous character is shaped and tested. In accessible, uncluttered prose, peppered with examples from daily life, Stiltner unpacks the interdependent character of personal and communal flourishing. Social contexts such as family, schools, workplaces, and volunteer organizations, he shows, have the potential to help or to hinder the development of lives worth living, lives of virtuous activity directed toward the common good.”

Jennifer Herdt
Yale Divinity School

“In Toward Thriving Communities, Brian Stiltner provides us with a splendid text that teaches us the viability of virtue in social contexts. This timely contribution captures the best that ethics offers us today: a character and growth formation ethics that can be cultivated in families, schools, work, and community service. In these fundamental settings, we can become virtuous, and Stiltner offers us concrete ways to see how this can happen. The book is a welcome dream for any teacher wanting to convey a living, social ethics.”

James F. Keenan
Canisius Professor, Boston College

About This Book

Overview

What is the relationship between personal virtue and the common good? Toward Thriving Communities: Virtue Ethics as Social Ethics demonstrates how developing individual virtue can lead to a vision for collaboratively improving the wider world. With chapter overviews and summaries, review questions, integrated case studies, definitions, and suggestions for further reading, this text provides a thorough and accessible case for the inseparable pursuits of both personal and societal flourishing.

Details

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 6 x 1.5 x 9 in
Format

Softcover

ISBN

978-1-59982-689-9

Pages

292

Item # 7073

Customer Reviews

““Brian Stiltner’’s Toward Thriving Communities extends virtue ethics to concrete moral situations we face every day. Integrating theoretical analysis with application, Stiltner illuminates the importance of virtue ethics: from parenting to politics, from being a good neighbor to being a conscientious global citizen. Stiltner prompts readers to reflect personally on the moral character they should strive to embody and also to inculcate in the next generation. Going beyond the narrow confines of many introductory ethics texts, Stiltner’’s grounded elucidation of virtue theory will prove useful for students and lay readers who haven’’t yet been introduced to this classical and time-honored approach to moral living.””

Jason T. Eberl, PhD
Marian University

“Eschewing hyperbolic lamentations over the challenges posed for the cultivation of virtue by deep pluralism and rampant materialism, Toward Thriving Communities, by Brian Stiltner, patiently attends to the ordinary communal contexts within which virtuous character is shaped and tested. In accessible, uncluttered prose, peppered with examples from daily life, Stiltner unpacks the interdependent character of personal and communal flourishing. Social contexts such as family, schools, workplaces, and volunteer organizations, he shows, have the potential either to help or to hinder the development of lives worth living, lives of virtuous activity directed toward the common good.”

Jennifer Herdt
Yale Divinity School

“In Toward Thriving Communities, Brian Stiltner provides us with a splendid text that teaches us the viability of virtue in social contexts. This timely contribution captures the best that ethics offers us today: a character and growth formation ethics that can be cultivated in families, schools, work, and community service. In these fundamental settings, we can become virtuous, and Stiltner offers us concrete ways to see how this can happen. The book is a welcome dream for any teacher wanting to convey a living, social ethics.”

James F. Keenan
Canisius Professor, Boston College

About the Author

BrianStiltner

Brian Stiltner

Brian Stiltner is professor of theology and religious studies and department chair of philosophy, theology, and religious studies at Sacred Heart University.

Table of Contents

Contents

Part 1—Virtue Ethics as Personal, Communal, and Social Ethics

Chapter 1. Approaches to Ethics

Chapter 2. Virtues: Norms for Acting and Living

Chapter 3. Human Flourishing: The Purpose of Life, the Purpose of Ethics

Chapter 4. Communities: The Contexts for Becoming Good and Living Well

Part 2—The Pursuit of Flourishing in Social Contexts

Chapter 5. Families: First Teachers and Promoters of the Common Good

Chapter 6. Schools: Education for the Good Society

Chapter 7. Work: Meaning on the Job, Responsibility in the Economy

Chapter 8. Service: Groups That Promote Charity, Justice, and Purpose

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