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Does Moral Virtue Constitute a Benefit to the Agent?

Brad Hooker

in How Should One Live?

Published in print March 1998 | ISBN: 9780198752349
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597251 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198752342.003.0009
 Does Moral Virtue Constitute a Benefit to the Agent?

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Theories of individual well‐being fall into three main categories: hedonism, the desire‐fulfilment theory, and the list theory (which maintains that there are some things that can benefit a person without increasing the person's pleasure or desire‐fulfilment). The paper briefly explains the answers that hedonism and the desire‐fulfilment theory give to the question of whether being virtuous constitutes a benefit to the agent. Most of the paper is about the list theory's answer.

Keywords: desire‐fulfilment theory; hedonism; list theory; virtue; virtue ethics; well‐being

Chapter.  6897 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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