Homo religiosus: Does spirituality have a place in neo-Aristotelian virtue ethics?

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Abstract

In this article I seek to show the importance of spirituality for a neo-Aristotelian account of 'the good life'. First, I lay out my account of spirituality. Second, I discuss why the issue of the place of spirituality in the good life has often either been ignored or explicitly excluded from consideration by neo-Aristotelians. I suggest that a lot turns on how one understands the 'ethical naturalism' to which neo-Aristotelians are committed. Finally, I argue that through a deeper exploration of the evaluative standpoint from within our human form of life as 'meaning-seeking animals' we can come to better appreciate the importance of spirituality for human beings throughout recorded history up to the present and why we can be described as homo religiosus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)335-346
Number of pages12
JournalReligious Studies
Volume51
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Religious studies
  • Philosophy

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