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Introduction

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Abstract

In this book, I critique examples of act-centred obligation-based moral theories and I conclude that traditional versions of these theories are incomplete and inadequate for use as a nursing ethics. Instead, I argue that a virtue-based approach to moral decision-making provides a more defensible and plausible nursing ethics.

Keywords

Moral Agent Nursing Practice Virtue Ethic Moral Theory Moral Perception 
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Notes

  1. 2.
    R. Hursthouse, On Virtue Ethics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999).Google Scholar
  2. 3.
    T. L. Beauchamp & J. F. Childress, Principles of Biomedical Ethics, 5th edn (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001).Google Scholar
  3. 4.
    A. Maclntyre, After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory, 2nd edn (London: Duckworth, 1985).Google Scholar

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© Alan E. Armstrong 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Central LancashirePrestonUK

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