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Nasir, M.A.
Virtue after Foucault: On refuge and integration in Western Europe
(2020) European Journal of Political Theory

DOI: 10.1177/1474885120964794

Abstract
I suggest that virtue ethics can learn from Foucault’s critical observations on biopolitics and governmentality, which identify how a good cannot be disassociated from power and freedom. I chart a way through which virtue ethics internalizes this critical point. I argue that this helps address concerns that both virtue ethics and the critical scholarship inspired by Foucault otherwise ignore. I apply virtue ethics to the contexts of refugee arrival, asylum procedure, and immigrant integration in Western Europe; I then see how Foucault’s critical thought provides a counterpoint to virtue ethics; I finally analyze how incorporating that critique allows virtue ethics to make sense of both the context and the stakes involved. © The Author(s) 2020.

Author Keywords
Asylum; biopolitics; Foucault; integration; MacIntyre; refugee; virtue; virtue ethics

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