Guest editors’ preface

Angelo Campodonico, Michel Croce, Maria Silvia Vaccarezza

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Linda Zagzebski’s recent work on exemplarism (2006 Zagzebski, L. (2006). The admirable life and the desirable life. In T. Chappell (Ed.), Values and virtues (pp. 53–66). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
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)—conclusively formulated in her 2017 volume ‘Exemplarist Moral Theory’—is a neo-Aristotelian approach that finds its non-conceptual foundation in the direct reference to morally exemplary figures, identified by the agents through the emotion of admiration. This peculiar foundation marks a neat difference between Zagzebski’s exemplarist view and traditional foundational theories, which develop around a concept rather than individuals. On her theory, morally exemplary persons fix the meaning of all fundamental moral terms, such as virtue, good state of affairs, good life, duty, right action, etc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-279
JournalJournal of Moral Education
Issue number3
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 5 Aug 2019


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