A recent post on Scientia Salon by Peter D. O. Smith defends virtue ethics as a way to work through many of our contemporary moral stumbling blocks. An excerpt:
In short, virtue ethics is capable of supplying an intrinsic motivation that is acceptable to both the secular and religious worlds. We live in an overwhelmingly rules dominated world. Virtue ethics offers a way of internalizing and then integrating rules such that they become intrinsically motivating. It is a promising field for finding common ground between the secular and religious worlds, to makes rules and regulations more effective, and to provide a source of meaning for the non-religious.
The rest of the essay is here. It’s well-informed, and written with intelligence and clarity.