Modern Virtue Ethics: Anscombe

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  • Modern VE: Anscombe
    • Believed in the modern revival of virtue theory
    • Challenged both deontological & teleological ethical theories
      • They are a part of the ethics that no longer lives (obligations, rules absolutes)
    • We are obsessed with rules and laws it is time for a return to VE
    • Called for a return to concepts such as character, virtue and flourishing
    • Emphasised the importance of emotions & understanding moral psychology
    • Believed in developing virtues from which good action would follow = human flourishing
    • Further development of the term virtue
    • Ethical codes using absolutes and laws are useless in a society that has effectively abandoned God


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