Relational Profiles of Goods and Virtues

Micheal Slote

in The Impossibility of Perfection

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199790821
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919185 | DOI:
Relational Profiles of Goods and Virtues

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In arguing for the Berlin thesis, the book has relied on the idea that some personal goods depend on others and that some virtues depend on others (e.g., the virtue of conscientiousness may depend on someone's having basically decent values). But it turns out that some goods also depend on virtues and vice versa. In addition, some goods or virtues depend on personal evils (bad things) or on vices, and this dependency can even cross the boundaries between persons: my good can depend essentially on your vice or on my own. We also need to make room for the separate categories of deviant values and extremist/exaggerated values. The ethical universe is thus much more complex than previous ethics has recognized, but this seems an intellectually appropriate result for a contemporary world that is itself more complex than anything that has happened earlier in history.

Keywords: Dependent values; deviant values; extremist values; transcategorial dependency; transpersonal dependency; transvalent dependency

Chapter.  6376 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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