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On Virtue Ethics$
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Rosalind Hursthouse

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199247998

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199247994.001.0001

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The Virtues Benefit Their Possessor

The Virtues Benefit Their Possessor

(p.163) 8 The Virtues Benefit Their Possessor
On Virtue Ethics

Rosalind Hursthouse (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Some familiar objections to the very idea that the virtues benefit their possessor can be quickly cleared away. When we consider the claim in the context of bringing up our own children or reflexion on our own lives, rather than in the context of trying to convince the wicked or the moral sceptic, we believe it. According to Phillips and McDowell, we believe it in so far as we are virtuous, because we have special conceptions of eudaimonia, benefit, harm, and loss, which guarantees its truth. But we also believe it on the basis of the sort of ethical, but non‐evaluative beliefs about human nature cited by Hare and Foot.

Keywords:   Philippa Foot, R.M. Hare, John McDowell, moral sceptic, non‐evaluative beliefs, virtues

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