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The Virtues and Human Nature

Julia Driver

in How Should One Live?

Published in print March 1998 | ISBN: 9780198752349
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597251 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198752342.003.0007
 The Virtues and Human Nature

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The concept of human nature has entered into virtue theory at two levels. The first is psychological: what are human beings like? This paper argues that it is a mistake to define virtue in terms of particular types of intentional psychological states. The second level concerns human flourishing. Here, the paper argues that one can develop a theory of virtue independently of the notion of flourishing.

Keywords: flourishing; human nature; moral psychology; virtue; virtue ethics

Chapter.  8535 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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