What virtues are there?

Authored by: Candace Upton

The Handbook of Virtue Ethics

Print publication date:  November  2013
Online publication date:  September  2014

Print ISBN: 9781844656394
eBook ISBN: 9781315729053
Adobe ISBN: 9781317544777


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The so-called revival of virtue ethics has, in the past few decades, expanded to include research on a wide range of previously unexplored terrain. Virtue ethicists have provided complex and subtle accounts of the interrelation between the virtues, how the virtues can guide human action, virtue ethics’ distinctness from its more familiar theoretical alternatives, its relation to moral psychological findings, what eudaimonia consists in, how the virtues benefit their possessor, and how virtue-ethical reasoning ought to proceed. This development of virtue ethics, in its attention to the theoretical considerations that underlie these different virtue-ethical frameworks, has opened the door to several previously neglected areas of enquiry. One of the most interesting vectors along which virtue ethics has recently developed includes a variety of responses to the question: what dispositions qualify as moral virtues?

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