Science and Virtue: An Essay on the Impact of the Scientific Mentality on Moral Character

1st Edition

Louis Caruana

Routledge
Published October 19, 2016
Reference - 142 Pages
ISBN 9781138259331 - CAT# Y313866
Series: Ashgate New Critical Thinking in Philosophy

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Summary

Charting new territory in the interface between science and ethics, Science and Virtue is a study of how the scientific mentality can affect the building of character, or the attainment of virtue by the individual. Drawing on inspiration from virtue-ethics and virtue-epistemology, Caruana argues that science is not just a system of knowledge but also an important factor determining a way of life. This book goes beyond the normal strategy evident in the science-ethics realm of examining specific ethical dilemmas posed by scientific innovations. Here Caruana deals with more fundamental issues, uncovering morally significant tendencies within the very core of the scientific mentality and explaining how science, its method, history and explanatory power can shape a conception of the good life.

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