Suffering and Virtue (Hardback)
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Suffering and Virtue (Hardback)

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Hardback 192 Pages / Published: 07/08/2018
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Suffering, in one form or another, is present in all of our lives. But why do we suffer? On one reading, this is a question about the causes of physical and emotional suffering. On another, it is a question about whether suffering has a point or purpose or value. In this ground-breaking book, Michael Brady argues that suffering is vital for the development of virtue, and hence for us to live happy or flourishing lives. After presenting a distinctive account of suffering and a novel interpretation of its core element - unpleasantness - Brady focuses on three claims that are central to his picture. The first is that forms of suffering, like pain and remorse, can themselves constitute virtuous responses. The second is that suffering is essential for four important classes of virtue: virtues of strength, such as fortitude and courage; virtues of vulnerability, such as adaptability and humility; moral virtues, such as compassion; and the practical and epistemic excellences that make up wisdom. His third and final claim is that suffering is vital for the social virtues of justice, love, and trust, and hence for the flourishing of social groups.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198812807
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 450 g
Dimensions: 241 x 163 x 18 mm


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Brady's discussion of suffering is replete with valuable insights about strength of character and the virtues of vulnerability such as gratitude, humility, and types of creativity elicited by illness ... Recommended. * S. A. Mason, CHOICE *
In his bold, original, and carefully argued book, Michael Brady examines the contribution of suffering to the cultivation of virtue and to our living flourishing lives. Brady breaks new ground on a number of fronts, and his arguments have wide-ranging implications for philosophy of mind, moral psychology, ethics, and philosophy of religion. I learned a great deal from reading Suffering and Virtue, and very strongly recommend it!" * Christian B. Miller, Wake Forest University *
In this sensitive and insightful book, Michael Brady argues that experiences of suffering can enable the cultivation of various virtues - a claim he carefully guards against both distorting optimism and rigid pessimism about the possibilities for flourishing amid the vulnerabilities and frailties of human life. * Ian James Kidd, University of Nottingham *

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