Weaknesses of VIRTUE ETHICS

  • Created by: Bridie
  • Created on: 23-05-11 14:43
  • One major difficulty is that of identifying the virtues. Are virtues culturally relative?


  • How can Virtue Ethics be applied to moral dilemmas? This is the problem raised by Robert Louden ("On some Vices of Virtue Ethics"): Virtue Ethics does not help people facing a crisis because it does not give any clear rules for action. It is difficult to work out what is the virtuous response to stem-cell research or abortion. Virtue Ethics does not give us any concrete answers and says only that it is a matter for the practical wisdom…


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