Stanley Hauerwas and Charles Pinches
Christians among the Virtues investigates the distinctiveness of virtues as illuminated by Christian practice, using a discussion of Aristotle’s ethics together with the work of significant contemporary scholars such as Alasdair MacIntyre and Martha Nussbaum. Haerwas and Pinches converse with, learn from, and critically engage non-Christian accounts of virtue and then form a specifically Christian account of key virtues.
“This is an important book from which both philosophers and theologians should engage in a conversation. The nearly 40 pages of footnotes are a veritable gold mine. This book should be read and discussed by philosophers and theologians working through the issues of virtue ethics and religious thought. It should serve as a means of continuing this important conversation.” -International Philosophical Quarterly
“There is much in this book to interest moral philosophers as well as theologians. Hauerwas and Pinches are concerned throughout to take a specifically Christian stance, and argue for a distinctiveness of a Christian approach to ethics. . . This is certainly a book that is worth reading by theologians and by moral philosophers with theological interests. But even philosophers without such interests should be able to benefit, both from the clear and accurate discussions of Aristotle and of modern philosophers, and from the methodological lessons that the book not only teaches, but more importantly, embodies.” -Philosophy in Review
“This volume engages the contemporary revival of interest in the virtues among philosophers and theologians and aims to articulate a distinctively Christian contribution to this conversation through (1) a selective discussion of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics; (2) critical discussions of three leading proponents of virtue ethics: Alasdair MacIntyre, Martha Nussbaum, and John Casey; and (3) a practical display of the distinctively Christian contribution to the recovery of virtue theory in discussions of the virtues of hope, courage, obedience, and patience. The purpose of the authors is both cautionary and suggestive. They wish to caution that any Christian appropriation of virtue ethics must entail a transformation of our understanding of the virtues, and to suggest the shape of virtues so transformed.” — Review of Metaphysics