Irresolvable and Tragic Dilemmas

Rosalind Hursthouse

in On Virtue Ethics

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780199247998
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597756 | DOI:
 Irresolvable and Tragic Dilemmas

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Are there any irresolvable dilemmas? If there are any, then action guidance, in such cases, is not possible. However, action assessment is still not only possible, but needed—and virtue ethics can provide a particularly satisfying account of the differences between unworrying, distressing, and genuinely tragic irresolvable dilemmas, the latter being those from which even the most virtuous agent cannot emerge with her life unmarred. Resolvable dilemmas may also be tragic in this sense.

Keywords: action assessment; irresolvable dilemmas; moral dilemma; tragic dilemmas; virtue ethics

Chapter.  10473 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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