Virtue’s Turn and Return

Michael Slote

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Virtue theorizing, long in eclipse, has revived strongly in recent times. However, virtue-type approaches predominate in non-Western cultures and dominated Western thought before the modern period. So the revival can make one wonder whether modern epistemology and ethics do not represent a kind a medieval period relative to these other historical/sociological facts. Why did virtue ethics and epistemology go into eclipse in the West during the modern period? The emerging importance of the individual (something that never occurred in China) may represent a kind of shock of modernity that left Western virtue approaches decimated in its wake. Both Cartesian epistemology and modern rights theory represent emergent individualism, but the revival of virtue approaches recently may indicate that the shock of modernity is starting to wear off.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)319-324
Number of pages6
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015


  • Medieval modernism
  • Shock of the modern
  • Virtue epistemology
  • Virtue ethics
  • Virtue turn

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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