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    Evaluative Perception
    Philosophical Quarterly 70 (280): 633-636. 2020.
    Review of Evaluative Perception. By Bergqvist Anna, Cowan Robert.
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    Analysis of Contextualised Healthcare Ethics Scenarios
    with J. C. Jackson and C. Megone
    Discourse: Learning and Teaching in Philosophical and Religious Studies 4 (1): 83-112. 2004.
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    Mothering Virtues
    Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 76 (1): 319-342. 2020.
    This paper aims to give an introductory account of mothering in light of virtue ethics. Firtly I set out an argument for the use of the term 'mothering' rather than 'parental' virtues. Then I consider what is involved in the mother/child relationship and criticise the idea that the aim of mothering is the flourishing of the child. I argue instead that the proper aim of mothering is to create conditions condusive to the child's flourishing. Finally, I discuss the virtue of patience as applied to …Read more
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    This chapter offers a definition of luck from Aristotle's Physics, considers how this definition of luck from the Physics relates to Aristotle's treatment of luck in his works on ethics and the good life, as well as how it compares with the modern understanding of moral luck.
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    A positive role for failure in virtue education
    Journal of Moral Education 46 (4): 347-362. 2017.
    Discussions of moral education tend to focus either on how the virtuous succeed, or on how the vicious fail on the road to virtue. Stories of success focus, for example, on the role of the virtuous agent, on how to make productive use of literature and on the influential position occupied by peers and family. Accounts of failure, on the other hand, try to, for example, understand the phenomenon of weakness of will, analyse the concept of 'vice' and investigate the disruptive influence of temptat…Read more
  •  759
    Virtue Ethics
    Bloomsbury. 2013.
    What is virtue? How can we lead moral lives? Exploring how contemporary moral philosophy has led to a revival of interest in the concepts of 'virtue', 'character' and 'flourishing', this is an accessible and critical introduction to virtue ethics. The book includes chapter summaries and guides to further reading throughout to help readers explore, understand and develop a critical perspective towards this important school of contemporary ethical thought.
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    In this chapter I want to take up the specific question of the relationship between moral education and empirical findings in psychology. I will argue that moral education programmes are theoretically possible and would benefit in their practical application from empirical research already in existence in psychology. I will argue that situationism does not pose a threat for moral education, properly conceived, and that, in fact, educators can and should make use of situational factors. It strike…Read more
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    Abstract: This chapter examines the role of the virtuous agent in the acquisition of virtue. It rejects the view of the virtuous agent as a direct model for imitation and instead focuses on recent research on the importance of phronesis. Phronesis is understood as a type of moral ‘know how’ expertise that is supported by a variety of abilities, from emotional maturity, to self-reflection, to an empathic understanding of what moves others, to an ability to see beyond the surface and understand t…Read more
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    Most medical research and a substantial amount of non-medical research, especially that involving human participants, is governed by some kind of research ethics committee (REC) following the recommendations of the Declaration of Helsinki for the protection of human participants. The role of RECs is usually seen as twofold: firstly, to make some kind of calculation of the risks and benefits of the proposed research, and secondly, to ensure that participants give informed consent. The extent to w…Read more
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    The good, the bad, and the lucky
    The Philosophers' Magazine 55 (55): 77-81. 2011.
    Even before we come to consider the influence of luck in terms of the results of our actions or the types of situations we come across, luck plays a decisive role in who we fundamentally are
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    A Defence of the Aristotelian Virtue of Magnificence
    Journal of Value Inquiry 50 (4): 781-795. 2016.
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    Review: Hursthouse Rosalind, Virtue Ethics (review)
    Ratio 14 (1). 2001.
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    Common-Sense Virtue Ethics and Moral Luck
    Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 8 (3): 265-276. 2005.
    Moral luck poses a problem for out conception of responsibility because it highlights a tension between morality and lack of control. Michael Slote’s common-sense virtue ethics claims to avoid this problem. However there are a number of objections to this claim. Firstly, it is not clear that Slote fully appreciates the problem posed by moral luck. Secondly, Slote’s move from the moral to the ethical is problematic. Thirdly it is not clear why we should want to abandon judgements of moral blame i…Read more
  •  886
    The social nature of engineering and its implications for risk taking
    Science and Engineering Ethics 16 (1): 147-168. 2010.
    Making decisions with an, often significant, element of risk seems to be an integral part of many of the projects of the diverse profession of engineering. Whether it be decisions about the design of products, manufacturing processes, public works, or developing technological solutions to environmental, social and global problems, risk taking seems inherent to the profession. Despite this, little attention has been paid to the topic and specifically to how our understanding of engineering as a d…Read more
  •  5
    The good, the bad, and the lucky
    The Philosophers' Magazine 55 77-81. 2011.
    Even before we come to consider the influence of luck in terms of the results of our actions or the types of situations we come across, luck plays a decisive role in who we fundamentally are.
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    Review of Love Friendship and the Self - Helm B.W.
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    A Response to Harman: Virtue Ethics and Character Traits: Discusions
    Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 100 (2): 215-221. 2000.
  •  10
    Review of Michael Slote, Morals From Motives (review)
    Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2002 (3). 2002.
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    Commentary: Who Should Take on the Responsibility of Decisionmaking?
    Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 19 (3): 413-415. 2010.
    Should a 9-year-old, severely mentally disabled child undergo extensive operations to limit her growth, prevent development of sexual characteristics, and alter appearance, all in the interests of protecting her from other alleged harms and allowing her to be cared for by her family? I think we should resist engaging with this question, and I think the ethics committee was wrong to accept the burden of making the decision regardless of the outcome they arrived at
  •  356
    Akrasia and the emotions
    In Nafsika Athanassoulis & Samantha Vice (eds.), The moral life: essays in honour of John Cottingham, Palgrave-macmillan. pp. 87. 2008.
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    The Handbook of Virtue Ethics (edited book)
    with S. van Hooft, J. Kawall, J. Oakley, and L. van Zyl
    Acumen Publishing. 2013.
    Virtue ethics has emerged as a distinct field within moral theory - whether as an alternative account of right action or as a conception of normativity which departs entirely from the obligatoriness of morality - and has proved itself invaluable to many aspects of contemporary applied ethics. Virtue ethics now flourishes in philosophy, sociology and theology and its applications extend to law, politics and bioethics. "The Handbook of Virtue Ethics" brings together leading international scholars …Read more
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    The role of consent in sado-masochistic practices
    Res Publica 8 (2): 141-155. 2002.
    In 1993 the Law Lords upheld the original conviction of five men under the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act for participating in sado-masochistic practices. Although the five men were fully consenting adults, the Law Lords held that consent did not constitute a defence to acts of violence within a sado-masochistic context. This paper examines the judgements in this case and argues that sado-masochistic practices are no different from the known exceptions cited by the court to the idea that c…Read more
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    This book considers two different approaches to moral luck--the Aristotelian vulnerability to factors outside the agent's control and the Kantian ambition to make morality immune to luck--and concludes that both approaches have more in common than previously thought. At the same time, it also considers recent developments in the field of virtue ethics and neo-kantianism
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    A virtue ethical account of making decisions about risk
    with A. Ross
    Journal of Risk Research 13 (2): 217. 2010.
    Abstract Most discussions of risk are developed in broadly consequentialist terms, focusing on the outcomes of risks as such. This paper will provide an alternative account of risk from a virtue ethical perspective, shifting the focus to the decision to take the risk. Making ethical decisions about risk is, we will argue, not fundamentally about the actual chain of events that the decision sets in process, but about the reasonableness of the decision to take the risk in the first place. A virtu…Read more
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    When is deception in research ethical?
    Clinical Ethics 4 (1): 44-49. 2009.
    This article examines when deceptive withholding of information is ethically acceptable in research. The first half analyses the concept of deception. We argue that there are two types of accounts of deception: normative and non-normative, and argue that non-normative accounts are preferable. The second half of the article argues that the relevant ethical question which ethics committees should focus on is not whether the person from whom the information is withheld will be deceived, but rather …Read more
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    Educating for virtue
    In Stan van Hooft & Nafsika Athanassoulis (eds.), The Handbook of Virtue Ethics, Acumen Publishing. 2014.