A Common Search for Character: Virtue Ethics and the Values in Action Classification
Jayawickreme, Dunuwille Eranda Ruwan
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This account will attempt a preliminary evaluation of two discourses that have significantly altered the landscape of their respective disciplines: the science of positive psychology, which rose to prominence at the end of the twentieth century as a reaction to the overemphasis on pathology in psychology at the expense of understanding the nature of productive and fulfilling lives; and virtue ethics, which re-emerged in the late 1950’s as an alternative to the dominant practical ethical theories of deontology, which has its roots in the work of the philosopher Immanuel Kant and utilitarianism, a tradition that descends from the works of the British philosophers Jeremy Bentham, and more famously, John Stewart Mill.
Franklin and Marshall College Archives, Undergraduate Honors Thesis 2005
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