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The Impossibility of PerfectionAristotle, Feminism, and the Complexities of Ethics$
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Michael Slote

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199790821

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790821.001.0001

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Relational Profiles of Goods and Virtues

Relational Profiles of Goods and Virtues

(p.104) Chapter 6 Relational Profiles of Goods and Virtues
The Impossibility of Perfection

Micheal Slote

Oxford University Press

In arguing for the Berlin thesis, the book has relied on the idea that some personal goods depend on others and that some virtues depend on others (e.g., the virtue of conscientiousness may depend on someone's having basically decent values). But it turns out that some goods also depend on virtues and vice versa. In addition, some goods or virtues depend on personal evils (bad things) or on vices, and this dependency can even cross the boundaries between persons: my good can depend essentially on your vice or on my own. We also need to make room for the separate categories of deviant values and extremist/exaggerated values. The ethical universe is thus much more complex than previous ethics has recognized, but this seems an intellectually appropriate result for a contemporary world that is itself more complex than anything that has happened earlier in history.

Keywords:   Dependent values, deviant values, extremist values, transcategorial dependency, transpersonal dependency, transvalent dependency

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