HURSTHOUSE VIRTUE THEORY AND ABORTION PDF

Virtue ethics is currently one of three major approaches in normative ethics. It may, initially, be identified as the one that emphasizes the virtues, or moral character, in contrast to the approach that emphasizes duties or rules deontology or that emphasizes the consequences of actions consequentialism. Suppose it is obvious that someone in need should be helped. This is not to say that only virtue ethicists attend to virtues, any more than it is to say that only consequentialists attend to consequences or only deontologists to rules. Each of the above-mentioned approaches can make room for virtues, consequences, and rules. Indeed, any plausible normative ethical theory will have something to say about all three.

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Abortion and Virtue Ethics. Mathew Lu , University of St. Thomas, Minnesota Follow. My goal here is to consider what contemporary virtue ethics can say about the problem of abortion. I begin by outlining virtue ethics in comparison to the two other dominant approaches in normative ethics. I then consider what some important virtue ethicists have said about abortion, especially the work of Rosalind Hursthouse.

Finally, in light of these criticisms I attempt to extend a virtue ethics analysis to embrace a more robust recognition of the humanity of the fetus and the attendant demand of a near absolute prohibition on abortion. Stephen Napier Ed. Lu, M. Abortion and virtue ethics. In Stephen Napier Ed. Dortrecht: Springer. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.

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Virtue Theory and Abortion

Mary Rosalind Hursthouse born 10 November is a British-born New Zealand moral philosopher noted for her work on virtue ethics. Her aunt Mary studied philosophy and when her father asked her what that was all about, he could not understand her answer. Rosalind, 17 at the time, knew immediately that she wanted to study philosophy, too, and enrolled the next year. She was head of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Auckland from to Though she had written a substantial amount previously, Hursthouse entered the international philosophical scene for the first time in —91, with three articles:.

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Hursthouse’s Virtue Ethics and Abortion: Abortion Ethics without Metaphysics?

Virtues in Action pp Cite as. In I I will describe how Hursthouse sets out what she calls virtue theory VT and her response to some objections made against it. I will argue the reasons she offers for this claim are inconsistent with several of the responses she makes in defense of VT. Either her position commits her to supporting infanticide or it requires her to revise her position on feticide and the relevance of fetal status.

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Some Critical Reflections on Abortion and Virtue Theory

The sort of ethical theory derived from Aristotle, variously described as virtue ethics, virtue-based ethics, or neo-Aristotelianism, is becoming better known, and is now quite widely recognized as at least a possible rival to deontological and utilitarian theories. With recognition has come criticism, of varying quality. In this article I shall discuss nine separate criticisms that I have frequently encountered, most of which seem to me to betray an inadequate grasp either of the structure of virtue theory or of what would be involved in thinking about a real moral issue in its terms. In the first half I aim particularly to secure an understanding that will reveal that many of these criticisms are simply misplaced, and to articulate what I take to be the major criticism of virtue theory.

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Abortion and Virtue Ethics. Mathew Lu , University of St. Thomas, Minnesota Follow. My goal here is to consider what contemporary virtue ethics can say about the problem of abortion. I begin by outlining virtue ethics in comparison to the two other dominant approaches in normative ethics. I then consider what some important virtue ethicists have said about abortion, especially the work of Rosalind Hursthouse.

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