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Morals from Motives

Michael Slote


Since the revival of virtue ethics, most work in virtue ethics has been Aristotelian in inspiration. This book draws, however, from the virtue‐ethical tradition of British moral sentimentalism a la Hume and Hutcheson, and is also influenced by the recently articulated ”ethics of caring”. It defends an agent‐based virtue ethics that treats the moral quality of motivation as the basis for all other ethical evaluations, and the emphasis is on caring, love, and benevolence rather than the sorts of considerations that Aristotle mainly focuses on.

Keywords: agent‐based, Aristotle, ethics of caring, moral sentimentalism, motivation, virtue ethics

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Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195138375
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195138376.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Slote, author
University of Maryland, College Park
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