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date: 24 January 2021

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This chapter examines some of the main lines of development of virtue ethics in the early days of its revival, roughly from the mid-1950s until the mid-1980s. The emergence of virtue ethics is linked to other changes in Anglophone academic ethics during this time, including attacks on non-cognitivism, the rejection of the sharp distinction between meta-ethics and normative ethics, and the revival of large-scale normative theories. Among the figures whose contributions to the revival of virtue are discussed most fully are William Frankena, G. H. von Wright, Elizabeth Anscombe, and Alasdair MacIntyre. Focus throughout is on the Aristotelian heart of this revival.

Keywords: virtue, normative ethics, non-cognitivism, William Frankena, G. H. von Wright, Elizabeth Anscombe, Alasdair MacIntyre

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