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A Theory of Virtue: Excellence in Being for the Good

Robert Merrihew Adams


This book offers a systematic, comprehensive framework for thinking about the moral evaluation of character. Many recent attempts to stake out a place in moral philosophy for this concern define virtue in terms of its benefits for the virtuous person or for human society more generally. Part One of this book presents and defends a conception of virtue as intrinsic excellence of character, worth prizing for its own sake and not only for its benefits. The other two parts address two challenges to the ancient idea of excellence of character. One challenge arises from the importance of altruism i ... More

Keywords: character, moral luck, altruism, goods, unity of virtues, virtues, well-being, excellence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199207510
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199207510.001.0001


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