Virtue Ethics and Sexual Ethics

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    • Stands apart from other theories as it looks at moral choices from the individuals personal qualities, virtues and ideals
    • Would seek to find out how a person can develop virtuously through sex
      • Giving oneself to another and developing intimacy and commitment is virtuous whereas, using others for ones pleasure is less virtuous
        • Virtue Ethics and Sexual Ethics
          • Stands apart from other theories as it looks at moral choices from the individuals personal qualities, virtues and ideals
          • Would seek to find out how a person can develop virtuously through sex
            • Giving oneself to another and developing intimacy and commitment is virtuous whereas, using others for ones pleasure is less virtuous
            • Central issues include the ideas of:-
              • love
              • friendship
              • faithfulness
              • companionship
              • trust
              • loyalty
            • Would seem more tolerant to alternative sexual activities on the basis of self-development (e.g love/trust)
            • If people act virtuously then it can be acceptable and does not necessarily involve prohibiting certain acts or approaches
            • Michael Slote emphasises the ethics of care in relationships
            • Rosalind Hursthouse implies that an action is right if its what a virtuous person would do
      • Central issues include the ideas of:-
        • love
        • friendship
        • faithfulness
        • companionship
        • trust
        • loyalty
      • Would seem more tolerant to alternative sexual activities on the basis of self-development (e.g love/trust)
      • If people act virtuously then it can be acceptable and does not necessarily involve prohibiting certain acts or approaches
      • Michael Slote emphasises the ethics of care in relationships
      • Rosalind Hursthouse implies that an action is right if its what a virtuous person would do

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