Edwards and Luther on Free/Bound Willing
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Drawing themes from Jonathan Edwards's ethics into conversation with highly influential contemporary Catholic philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre is a means of considering the extent to which Edwards's ethics can function as an intellectual resource for the contemporary movement known as virtue ethics. Virtue ethics is characterized by the retrieval of ancient character-centered approaches to philosophy as an alternative to Kantian and consequentialist reflection on specific moral situations and questions. A comparison of MacIntyre and Edwards suggests that Edwards's accounts of virtue and the human person offer potential for constructive interplay with contemporary themes in Thomist virtue ethics. Edwards presents a distinctive account of virtue that in many ways differs from the Aristotelian and Thomistic understandings that have tended to take center stage in contemporary virtue ethics. MacIntyre believes that the prevalence of emotivism in contemporary moral discourse is a consequence of the Enlightenment project, attempts of early modern and modern thinkers to derive ethical norms from specific conceptions of human nature.