Moral Motivation

Rosalind Hursthouse

in On Virtue Ethics

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780199247998
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597756 | DOI:
 Moral Motivation

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Moreover, acting from virtue, from a settled state of character, sets the standard for acting from duty, or because one thinks it is right. Whatever their sincerely avowed reasons for acting, people act ‘from duty’ to the extent that their character resembles that of the ideally virtuous agent. Hence moral motivation can be a matter of degree, and is not introspectible.

Keywords: acting from duty; acting from virtue; moral motivation

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Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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