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Degrees of Virtue and Vice

Thomas Hurka

in Virtue, Vice, and Value

Published in print January 2001 | ISBN: 9780195137163
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833283 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195137167.003.0003
Degrees of Virtue and Vice

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Discusses degrees of virtue and vice, or what determines how virtuous or vicious a given attitude is; it treats this as an issue of measurement. The chapter discusses both atomistic principles, which assign degrees of value to individual attitudes considered on their own, and holistic principles, which value certain combinations of attitudes as combinations, using Moore's principle of organic unities. Both types of principle favor proportionality, or dividing one's concern among objects in proportion to their degrees of value; the chapter represents both visually, using graphs.

Keywords: atomistic; degrees; graph; holistic; measurement; proportionality; value; vice; virtue

Chapter.  14189 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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