Virtue‐Ethical Luck

Michael Slote

in From Morality to Virtue

Published in print August 1995 | ISBN: 9780195093926
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833689 | DOI:
Virtue‐Ethical Luck

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Just like commonsense morality, commonsense virtue ethics faces complicated issues about luck. However, if luck plays a role in our development of virtuous or vicious traits of character, then we can evaluate such traits in virtue‐ethical terms without blaming or condemning those, e.g., whom we wish, in favored terms, to criticize. This approach is very reminiscent of Spinoza.

Keywords: blame; character; commonsense; commonsense virtue ethics; criticize; luck; morality; Spinoza

Chapter.  4274 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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