Rosalind Hursthouse

in On Virtue Ethics

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

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The two different interpretations of the premise that ‘a virtue is a character trait a human being needs for eudaimonia’ can ultimately be seen as interdependent, for both rely on the idea that our nature is such that the virtues, as we know them, suit human beings. The rival view, that human nature is not harmonious is not a new idea arriving with Darwinism, but as old as misanthropy and amounts to global moral scepticism.

Keywords: Darwinism; eudaimonia; human nature; moral scepticism; objectivity; virtues

Chapter.  11876 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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