Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

Living Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Virtue Theory, Food, and Agriculture

  • Ronald Sandler
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6167-4_365-2

Synonyms

Introduction

Discussions about the ethics of food and agriculture are replete with virtue and vice language. In agricultural ethics, it is often claimed that farming promotes good character traits – e.g., self-reliance, fortitude, and patriotism – and that virtues such as diligence, ecological sensitivity, and patience are central to good agricultural practice. In food ethics discussions, it is often claimed that character traits such as temperance and compassion are crucial to healthy and ethical consumption, whereas other character traits, such as gluttony and thoughtlessness, are inimical to them. This entry focuses on what makes character traits agricultural virtues and consumptive virtues, as well as on the role of virtue within agricultural and food ethics.

Section “Character Traits, Virtue, and Virtue Theory” discusses what virtues are and what makes a character trait a virtue....

Keywords

Character Trait Virtue Ethic Moral Education Nonhuman Animal Virtue Theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA