Originally posted by bbarr
Yeah, she was. She, along with Elizabeth Anscombe and a few others are primarily responsible for the resurgence of interest in virtue ethics. Foot championed the neo-Aristotelian naturalist strain of virtue ethics, but was also very important for her work in applied ethics and meta-ethics. She, along with Bernard Williams, was also a philosophical hero of mine.
I have Williams’ Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy
, but it’s been awhile since I read it. More recently, I have been trying to claw back years of lost ground in economics (my MA degree, 28 years ago!)—I have a prodigious skill for forgetting completely what I do not consistently use! (I find that I even have some difficulty reading my own thesis! I moved to other things over the intervening years.) I wonder about replacing the classical/neoclassical economic notion of utility with some idea of eudaimonia
—which I might, at the risk of redundancy, render as “flourishing well-being”?—maybe tied in with Epicurus’ hedone/algedon
calculus—well-being as opposed to ill-being? With the idea that such well-being implies considerations of sustainability, as opposed to short-term utility maximization. I'd have to dive more deeply than I have into the Nicomachean Ethics, of course, and would likely draw a lot on Avraam Koen for the Epicurus angle: any suggestions (remember that I'm not working on your level, but am also looking at a long-term project)?
I’m really just playing about, laying the whetstone to my mind… But that is how I like to play about…