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Natural and Artificial Virtues

David Wiggins

in How Should One Live?

Published in print March 1998 | ISBN: 9780198752349
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597251 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198752342.003.0008
 Natural and Artificial Virtues

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Hume's distinction of natural virtues and artificial virtues grows out of his explanatory scheme. But the distinction seems well founded and shows a puzzle in Aristotle's account of the virtues. Hume's account of the artificial virtues is in outline convincing and has the effect of qualifying his title to be a straightforward ‘virtue theorist’.

Keywords: Aristotle; artificial virtue; Hume; natural virtue; virtue; virtue ethics

Chapter.  4643 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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