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On Virtue Ethics

Rosalind Hursthouse


On Virtue Ethics is an exposition and defence of neo‐Aristotelian virtue ethics. The first part discusses the ways in which it can provide action guidance and action assessment, which are usually given by the v‐rules—rules generated from the names of the virtues and vices such as ‘Do what is honest’, ‘Do not do what is dishonest’. That such rules may (apparently) conflict, leads to an exploration of the virtue ethics approach to resolvable, irresolvable, and tragic dilemmas. The second part is about the role of the emotions in virtue and vice, since it examines the inculcation of ... More

Keywords: Aristotle, ethical naturalism, ethics, eudaimonia, Rosalind Hursthouse, Kant, moral motivation, moral philosophy, neo‐Aristotelian, virtue ethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199247998
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199247994.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rosalind Hursthouse, author
The Open University
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