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Morals from Motives

Michael Slote

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780195138375
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833696 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195138376.001.0001
Morals from Motives

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Since the revival of virtue ethics, most work in virtue ethics has been Aristotelian in inspiration. This book draws, however, from the virtue‐ethical tradition of British moral sentimentalism a la Hume and Hutcheson, and is also influenced by the recently articulated ”ethics of caring”. It defends an agent‐based virtue ethics that treats the moral quality of motivation as the basis for all other ethical evaluations, and the emphasis is on caring, love, and benevolence rather than the sorts of considerations that Aristotle mainly focuses on.

Keywords: agent‐based; Aristotle; ethics of caring; moral sentimentalism; motivation; virtue ethics

Book.  232 pages. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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Morality and the Practical in Morals from Motives

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The Structure of Caring in Morals from Motives

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The Virtue in Self‐Interest in Morals from Motives

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