HD628 Virtue Ethics for Social Justice

This course critically examines the development of contemporary virtue ethics and challenges its lack of proper attention to social justice. This course pays special attention to communities who suffer under a variety form of social injustice and then reconstructs virtue ethics for healing the suffering communities and addressing issues of social justice. In this course, student will (1) identify a case of an oppressed community, (2) thickly describe and analyze the community’s suffering, and (3) reconstitute the languages of virtues and human flourishing in response to social injustice by critically drawing on the works of moral philosophers and theologians such as Stanley Hauerwas, Alasdair Macintyre, Elizabeth Anscombe, Jonathan Lear, Lisa Tessman, Audre Lorde, and Katie Cannon.

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