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Introduction: Vices and Virtue‐Theory

Gabriele Taylor

in Deadly Vices

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780198235804
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191604058 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198235801.003.0001
 Introduction: Vices and Virtue‐Theory

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This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the vices considered in this essay, namely, sloth, envy, avarice, pride, anger, lust, and gluttony. It argues that these so-called ‘deadly sins’ were correctly named and correctly classed together. Irrespective of their theological background, they are similar in structure in that the agent’s thoughts and desires, while differing in content depending on the vice in question, focus primarily on the self and its position in the world. They are similar also in that in each case they are destructive of that self and prevent its flourishing.

Keywords: vice; virtue-theory; Christian theology; deadly sin; self

Chapter.  5084 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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