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Virtue, Vice, and Value

Thomas Hurka


What are virtue and vice, and how do they relate to other moral properties such as goodness and rightness? This book defends a perfectionist account of virtue and vice that gives distinctive answers to these questions. The account treats the virtues as higher‐level intrinsic goods, ones that involve morally appropriate attitudes to other, independent goods and evils. Virtue by itself makes a person's life better, but in a way that depends on the goodness of other things. This account was accepted by many early twentieth‐ century consequentialists, including Franz Brentano, G. E. Moore, Hasting ... More

Keywords: consequentialism, ethics, evil, good, intrinsic, perfectionism, value, vice, virtue, virtue ethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195137163
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195137167.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Hurka, author
University of Calgary
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