I appreciate the review of Wolfer and Brandsen's book Virtues and Character in Social Work Practice (2015) that appears in the recent issue of Social Work (Ude, 2016). Focusing on the moral qualities of the actor facing an ethical dilemma, virtue ethics offers an important perspective to complement deontological and utilitarian approaches that focus more on acts. Social workers in the United States are finally now benefiting from the resurging interest in virtue ethics (for example, Adams, 2009). We should be asking ourselves not only what would be the right social work action in response to a particular ethical issue, but also “What kind of social worker do I want to be at my best? And what virtues, accordingly, do I need to cultivate?”

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I hope this book represents the first of a series of book-length social work publications...

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