Authored by: Raja Halwani , Elliot Layda

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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Not much has been written on wit as a virtue. This is surprising given the revival of virtue ethics and Aristotle’s giving it as much discussion space as some other virtues. What has been written denies that it is a virtue (often without much argumentation) or that it is an important one. 1 Our aim is to offer arguments for and against the claim that wit is a virtue, thus paving the way for a more sustained discussion. Though we are more convinced by the arguments that wit is not a virtue than by those that it is, we conclude by explaining which of Aristotle’s insights regarding wit might be preserved.

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