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How Should One Live?Essays on the Virtues$
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Roger Crisp

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198752349

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198752342.001.0001

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Deadly Vices?

Deadly Vices?

(p.157) 10 Deadly Vices?
How Should One Live?

Gabriele Taylor

Oxford University Press

The overall thesis is that there is a set of vices (the so‐called deadly sins) that are corruptive of the self and the possession of which thus prevents an agent from leading a flourishing life. While it does not follow that therefore the virtues are needed for flourishing, it offers some support for this claim of traditional virtue theory by arguing that absence of such vices is at any rate a necessary condition for leading a good life. The nature of the harm done to the self is illustrated by a detailed discussion of the vice of sloth.

Keywords:   flourishing, self, sloth, vices, virtue, virtue ethics

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