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Virtues and Vices: and other essays in moral philosophy

Philippa Foot


This collection of essays, written between 1957 and 1977, contains discussions of the moral philosophy of David Hume, Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Nietzsche, and some modern philosophers. It presents virtues and vices rather than rights and duties as the central concepts in moral philosophy. Throughout, the author rejects contemporary anti‐ naturalistic moral philosophies such as emotivism and prescriptivism, but defends the view that moral judgements may be hypothetical rather than (as Kant thought) categorical imperatives. The author also applies her moral philosophy to the current debates on eu ... More

Keywords: abortion, A. J. Ayer, euthanasia, free will, David Hume, Immanuel Kant, moral judgements, Friedrich Nietzsche, society, vices, virtues

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199252862
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199252866.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philippa Foot, author
Griffin Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles, and an Honorary Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford