Merits and Implications

Thomas Hurka

in Virtue, Vice, and Value

Published in print January 2001 | ISBN: 9780195137163
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833283 | DOI:
Merits and Implications

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This chapter defends the recursive account by identifying in turn, attractive features of its two main elements: the recursive characterization of good and evil and the associated definition of virtue and vice. The chapter also discusses the value of personal relationships, whether virtue is found primarily in occurrent attitudes or in dispositions (the latter a view of Aristotle's), whether virtue must be voluntary, and how virtue relates to right action.

Keywords: Aristotle; disposition; evil; good; personal relationships; right; vice; virtue; voluntary

Chapter.  12327 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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