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Intelligent Virtue

Julia Annas


The book develops an account of virtue which, in a contemporary version, foregrounds the idea that virtue is an exercise of practical intelligence (ideally, a form of practical wisdom) similar to the practical exercise of a skill. A practical skill is acquired through experience and habituation, but the result is not routine but an educated and intelligent application of thinking in action. This way of thinking of virtue shows how virtue does not conform to modern expectations of ‘moral reasoning’ and enables us to see how many contemporary objections to virtue as it figures in ethical theorie ... More

Keywords: virtue, virtue ethics, skill, practical intelligence, practical wisdom, happiness, flourishing, eudaimonism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199228782
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228782.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julia Annas, author
University of Arizona
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