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Unprincipled Virtue: An Inquiry Into Moral Agency

Nomy Arpaly


This book presents a positive theory of moral worth. Chapter 1 examines the complexities of moral life that appear to differ from the paradigmatic cases of moral psychology. Chapter 2 argues against the common assumption that akrasia is always irrational, or at least, always less rational than the corresponding self-controlled action. The theory is presented in Chapter 3 — that people are praiseworthy for acts of good will and blameworthy for acts of ill will or absence of good will, and the amount of praise or blame they deserve varies with the depth of their motivation or extent of their ind ... More

Keywords: moral worth, praise, blame, moral psychology, self-control, autonomy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195152043
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006 DOI:10.1093/0195152042.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nomy Arpaly, author
Rice University