Wealth, Virtue and Moral Luck: Christian Ethics in an Age of Inequality

Wealth, Virtue and Moral Luck

By Kate Ward. Addresses the issue of inequality from the perspective of Christian virtue ethics, arguing that moral luck ― our individual life circumstances ― affects our ability to pursue virtue. Economic status functions as moral luck and impedes the ability of both the wealthy and the poor to pursue virtues such as prudence, justice, and temperance, and extreme inequality exacerbates the impact of wealth and poverty on virtue. Argues that we must work to change the structures that perpetuate extreme inequality ― and through spiritual practices, including contentment, conversion, encountering others, and reminding ourselves of our ultimate dependence on God. Read more.