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The Virtuous Agent's Reasons for Action

Rosalind Hursthouse

in On Virtue Ethics

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780199247998
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597756 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199247994.003.0007
 The Virtuous Agent's Reasons for Action

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The fully virtuous may be said to act ‘out of a sense of duty’ or ‘because they think it is right’. The virtuous, when acting virtuously, act for a variety of reasons that form ranges characteristic of particular virtues. When children, and people who are in a transitory emotional state, act for such reasons they do not count as ‘acting out of a sense of duty’ but when the virtuous, who act from a settled state of character, act for such reasons, they do. Acting from virtue is sufficient for acting from duty.

Keywords: acting from duty; acting from virtue; reasons for action

Chapter.  8658 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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