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Varieties 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/10.1093/0195137167.003.0004
Varieties of Virtue and Vice

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This chapter shows how the recursive account can illuminate a large number of particular virtues and vices, identifying both, what they have in common that makes them virtues or vices and what distinguishes them from each other. It identifies three main categories of vice, made such by three different elements of the recursive account, and three main categories of virtue. Among the particular vices discussed are malice, callousness, cynicism, selfishness, and cowardice; among the virtues are benevolence, compassion, courage, modesty, and self‐control.

Keywords: benevolence; callousness; compassion; courage; cowardice; cynicism; malice; self‐control; vice; virtue

Chapter.  16908 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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