Chapter

Countervailing Virtues

Gabriele Taylor

in Deadly Vices

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780198235804
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191604058 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198235801.003.0008
 Countervailing Virtues

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The vicious are self-destructive in their attitude towards themselves. A countervailing virtue should then be, in some way, a good to that self; where the vices destroy and corrupt, a countervailing virtue should heal and hold the self together. Such ‘self-healing’ virtues are not necessarily what might be regarded as strictly ‘moral’ virtues, which require some form of altruistic motivation. A self-healing virtue offers the agent a manner of escape from the burden of his or her self, which provides him or her with the opportunity of leading a happier life.

Keywords: countervailing virtue; vice; self-healing; moral

Chapter.  11266 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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