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Deadly Vices

Gabriele Taylor


This book focuses on the vices, which in Christian theology were most commonly selected as bringing death to the soul. These are sloth, envy, avarice, pride, anger, lust, and gluttony. The discussions concentrate on the essence of each vice, and treat their possessors as personifications. They will show a structural resemblance to each other, but there is no suggestion that all vices are of that type. It is shown that vices are harmful to their possessor, and negative support is given for some central claims of an Aristotelean-type virtue-theory.

Keywords: vice, sloth, envy, avarice, pride, anger, lust, gluttony, virtue-theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780198235804
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006 DOI:10.1093/0198235801.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gabriele Taylor, author
formerly St Anne's College, Oxford