Virtue, Self, and Other

Michael Slote

in From Morality to Virtue

Published in print August 1995 | ISBN: 9780195093926
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833689 | DOI:
Virtue, Self, and Other

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In commonsense terms, many traits count as virtues independently of the benefit they bring their possessors or others. For example, the courage to face the fact that one has cancer may actually make things less pleasant for both the cancer victim and his/her friends and relations. In addition, many virtuous traits have both self‐regarding and other‐regarding versions: e.g. honesty, loyalty, and trustworthiness. A commonsense virtue ethics makes use of that fact to underscore the significance and plausibility of its self‐other symmetric approach to ethical theory.

Keywords: commonsense virtue ethics; honesty; other‐regarding virtues; self‐other symmetric; self‐regarding virtues

Chapter.  8418 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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