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A Theory of VirtueExcellence in Being for the Good$
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Robert Merrihew Adams

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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Plural and Integrated Virtue

Plural and Integrated Virtue

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A Theory of Virtue

Robert Merrihew Adams (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter examines questions about holistic ascriptions of virtue or good character. It argues that such ascriptions may imply possession of some but not all particular virtues. Some virtues may find a place only in certain situations, vocations, or ways of life. Personal moral integration remains an important goal of moral aspiration, though it probably will, and should, never be finished, but rather require recurrent renegotiation.

Keywords:   holistic, moral aspiration, moral integration, vocations, ways of life

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