The Character of Evil

Phillip Cole

in The Myth of Evil

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780748622009
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671908 | DOI:
The Character of Evil

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This chapter examines the ‘Virtue Ethics’ approach to the problem of evil, which focuses on the idea of ‘character’ – certain individuals have a character which leads to them perform evil actions. It explores John Kekes's distinction between choice-morality and character-morality, and defends a Kantian choice-morality against his critique. The problem with character-morality is that the agent does not choose their character traits, and therefore morality becomes a matter of luck. And again, the possibilities of reform and redemption a marginalised by those approach.

Keywords: Virtue Ethics; Moral Luck; Vice; Moral Character

Chapter.  11392 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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