What is a virtue, and how are virtues different from vices? Dopeople with virtues lead better lives than the rest of us? Do theyknow more? Can we acquire virtues if so, how?
In this lively and engaging introduction to this core topic, Heather Battaly argues that there is more than one kind of virtue.Some virtues make the world a better place, or help us to attainknowledge. Other virtues are dependent upon good intentions likecaring about other people or about truth. Virtue is an originalapproach to the topic, which carefully situates the fields ofvirtue ethics and virtue epistemology within a general theory ofvirtue. It argues that there are good reasons to acquire moral andintellectual virtues virtuous people often attain greater knowledgeand lead better lives. As well as approaching virtue in a novel andilluminating way, Battaly ably guides the reader through the denseliterature surrounding the topic, deftly moving from importantspecific and technical points to more general issues and questions.The final chapter proposes strategies for helping universitystudents acquire intellectual virtues. Battaly's insights arecomplemented by entertaining examples from popular culture, literature, and film, really bringing this topic to life forreaders.
Virtue is the ideal introduction to the topic. It will be anequally vital resource for students who are encountering the topicfor the first time, and for scholars who are deeply engaged invirtue theory.