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Against Virtue Ethics

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/10.1093/0195137167.003.0008
Against Virtue Ethics

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Having spent its bulk elaborating its own account of virtue, the book closes by arguing for this account's superiority over those defended under the heading of “virtue ethics.” It critically assesses the virtue‐ethical views of Anscombe, Slote, Hursthouse, and others, considering their claims about the relation between virtue and right action, the nature of virtue, especially as related to flourishing or an aretaic concept of admirability, and the antitheoretical approach to ethics. One of the chapter's claims is that, despite virtue‐ethicists’ repeated denials, their view is objectionably egoistic or self‐centered.

Keywords: admirability; Anscombe; antitheory; egoism; flourishing; Hursthouse; Slote; virtue ethics

Chapter.  16184 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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