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Introduction to Virtue Ethics: Insights of the Ancient Greeks Paperback – 25 Sep 2002

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"Unlike some more analytically detailed accounts of the moral philosophy of the ancients, Devettere's book is intended as an introduction that might encourage the reader to go to read some of the authors discussed. Deveterre covers Socrates, Aristotle, the Stoics, and the Epicureans in an introductive but authoritative fashion. This book is especially useful for its analyses of Stoic and Epicurean philosophers, some of whose writings have come down to us either only indirectly or in a very fragmentary manner. A welcome addition to the history of philosophy of virtue ethics, this book contains almost 50 pages dedicated to a glossary, an index, and valuable bibliographical essays. Especially useful for general readers and lower- and upper-division undergraduate students. Recommended." -- "Choice"

"Devettere gives a clear and useful account of some of the distinctive features of virtue-based ethics, explaining the relationship between the virtues and personal happiness, and the importance of prudential reasoning in exercising the virtues." --, "Ageing and Society"

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Raymond J. Devettere teaches health care ethics at Emmanuel College and Boston College. He is a long-time member of the ethics committee at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in the Greater Boston area, and author of Practical Decision Making in Health Care Ethics.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible and Useful 29 April 2010
By Andy Rode - Published on Amazon.com
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Having read dozens of books on philosophy, and ethics in particular, this is without a doubt the most useful book in print on this topic, by far. The author writes lucidly and persuasively, a pleasure to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Introduction to the Ethics of the Ancient Greeks 17 Dec. 2004
By Jeffrey M. Turbitt - Published on Amazon.com
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Devettere does a great job in accurately describing some of the recurrent notions of the ancient Greek Philosophers, including happiness, virtue, and prudence. Each topic is carefully and clearly explained, making some of the more esoteric ethical thoughts simple to understand. This work is great for applying virtue ethics to everything from health care to business.
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