Virtues and a Good Life

Happiness, Virtues, Ethics, Right Living, Morals, Wisdom, Proper Behavior, Responsibility
Character Development, Perennial Wisdom for Living, Morality,  Social and Political Issues
Paramitas: Transformational Practices for Realizing Enlightened Heart-Minds

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How to Live a Good Life:  Advice from Wise Persons

Hedonism     Epicureanism     Stoicism     Buddhism     Taoism     Yoga

Advice     Beauty     Bibliography     Body-Mind     Broad Minded        

Cheerfulness     Contemplation     Conservation     Dharmapada Sutra     Equanimity    

Fitness     Five Senses     Friendship     Gardening     Generosity     Happiness     Hospitality    

Learning     Links     Memory     Mindfulness     Moderation     Open Minded    

Paramitas     Patience     Philosophy     Play     Pleasures     Self-Reliance    

Sensory Pleasures     Simplicity     Solitude    Somaesthetics     Thinking     Tolerance    

Tranquility    Vigor     Vision     Willpower     Wonder     Work     Zen Precepts     Enlightenment                   


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Virtue Ethics Bibliography

Ripening Peaches: Taoist Studies and Practice

Stoicism and Hellenistic Philosophy

One Old Daoist Druid's Final Journey


Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu


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Social-Political Issues

There are many very important ethical and moral issues related to our social and political environment.  We always live and work in social groups, communities, cities, states, and nations.  Therefore, the great issues like justice, freedom, equality, liberty, fairness, law, tolerance, rights, contracts, agreements, peace, democracy, socialism, capitalism, demands, etc., all relate in one way or other to living a virtuous life.  For Plato, 'Justice,' more inclusively defined than in our current usage, is a central concept in creating a virtuous harmony among mind, body, and emotions.  These issues are treated more extensively elsewhere in books, academia, courts, congressional halls, public debate, media, and on the Internet.  It is impossible to separate concerns for individual values and personal actions from our obvious interaction with nature, family, social, and political circumstances. 

I have expressed my views about two topics of public concern:  limiting the War Powers of the Federal government in the USA; and encouraging a Federal public policy to reduce population growth.  I served as an elected official on the Gerber School Board for four years, as Chairperson of the Tehama County Commission on Aging for four years, and served in the United States Air Force for four years.  Occasionally, in my Cloud Hands Blog, I express my views and opinions about social and political matters.  I have been employed by governmental agencies to work as a librarian, manager, and administrator.  My notes on gardening, naturalism, nature studies, environmental concerns, and Green Politics are found in my many webpages at The Spirit of Gardening

My emphasis here at Virtues and a Good Life website is more on personal behavior, virtues, individual choices, rationality, the good life, practical reason, right action, values, means and ends of human life, rightness and fitness, happiness, developing good habits, improving one's character, and living a virtuous lifestyle. 

There are also many meta-ethical theories attempting to ground ethical and moral judgments on a sure, valid, objective, coherent, realistic, sensible, pragmatic, and reasonable foundation.  I will discuss some of these theories, but really only tangentially.  My focus is more on practice and action, rather than theory and concepts. 

My bibliography on ethical and moral issues will give my readers some idea about the books and webpages I have used to learn about and reflect on the ethical virtues within the scope of my emphasis.  Currently, in October of 2015, I am studying the Stoic and Epicurean philosophies, practices, spiritual exercises, thought patterns, values, and philosophies of living. 

Virtue ethics is associated with the following thinkers: Aristotle, Marcus Aurelius, André Comte-Sponville, Philippa Foot, Julia Annas, Alasdair MacIntyre, Christine Swanton, Spinoza, Peter Singer, St. Thomas Acquinas, etc.  






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This webpage was last updated or modified on:  August 29, 2016.   

This webpage was first published on July 1, 2011.   

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