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Virtue Ethics

A virtue is a trait of mind or character and it helps to achieve a good life. Greek for Virtue is
Arete which literally means excellence.
If a virtue is used to achieve a good life then does that make it selfish?
Virtue ethics is about the person…

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Aristotle thought that you were working to the greater good of all mankind then you
were not in anyway selfish and the virtues should not be used just for personal benefit.

Acquiring Virtues:
1. Intellectual Virtues developed by training and education. E.g. Wisdom,
Judgement, Intuition, Common Sense.
2. Moral Virtues…

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o People at the time such as Kant were talking about actioncentred theories
rather than the person themselves and it seemed to be easier to follow there
were précis guidelines to follow rather than trying to work out what was meant
by being a virtuous person.
o Deontological and Teleological…

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James Rachels virtues should be:
Loyalty to support friendship.
Rosalind Hursthouse:
o Has Aristotelian framework for virtue ethics ­ Virtue ethics has some moral
o Virtues are virtues as they help people achieve eudaimonia and so living in
accordance with these will help you have…

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The principles of virtue ethics are compatible with religious belief also. The compliment
the moral guidelines within religion.
Does not have a single set of guidelines that you must follow, focuses on becoming a
better person rather than the way a human ought to act.
Logical theory focuses on practical…


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