James Retson Webpage

Jim's Blog

Jim's Hot Links

Kenora Association for Community Living


Specific Virtues

Kawartha Pine Ridge School

Golden Rule

Rotary 4 Way Test

Character Education Ottawa

The Virtues Project

Virtues The Gift of Character

Conscience Makers and breakers

Wikipedia Article on virtue ethics

Virtue Ethics: one of three major approaches in normative ethics, one that emphasizes the virtues, or moral character, in contrast to the approach which emphasizes duties or rules (deontology) or that which emphasizes the consequences of actions (consequentialism).

Powerpoint Presentation on Virtue Ethics


Other Sites



My Values


Growth and Development

Kenora Association for Community Living

Definition of 'virtues'

A virtue is a trait of character that is socially valuable and a moral virtue is a morally valuable trait of character( Beauchamp and Childress, Page 27)

The Ethics of Virtue

Aristotle did not think of ethics as a set of moral principles but rather the actions of moral character. Hence his goal was to develop moral charcter or characters who possed virtues

Can virtues be taught

Andre Comte-Sponville beleived that viture could be taught - not so much by books as by example. The value of written material was to assist us "to try to understand what we should do, what we should be, and how we should live, and thereby guage, at least intellectually, the distance that seperates us from these ideals."

Our children must see us more than non-bigoted, non-racist, or non-sexist. We must show them that we are anti-bigoted, anti-racist, anti-sexist, actually involved in our community working against such intolerance and hatred and standing up for social justice.-Barbara Coloroso 2005


Click on highlighted virtue for definition


Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics, Ware, Hertfordshire: Wordsworth Editions Limited

Beauchamp, Tom L and James F. Childress (2001) Principles of Biomedical Ethics, 5th Edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Brehony, Kathleen A.(1999) Ordinary Grace, An Examination of the Roots of Compassion, Altruism, and Empathy, and the Ordinanry Individuals Who Help Others in Extraordinary Ways, New York: Penguin Putnam

Comte-Sponville, Andre (2001) A Small Treatise on the Great Virtues, New York: henry holt and company

Williamson, Marianne (2002) Everyday Grace, Having Hope, Finding Forgiveness, and Making Miracles, New York: Penguin Putnam

Donations may be sent to Kenora Association For community Living, 501 Eighth Ave. South, Kenora Ontario, P9N 3C8