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Nicolas Bommarito

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190673383

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190673383.001.0001

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The Relevance of Inner Virtue

The Relevance of Inner Virtue

(p.171) Chapter 6 The Relevance of Inner Virtue
Inner Virtue

Nicolas Bommarito

Oxford University Press

In this final chapter, I argue that inner virtue and vice are relevant to both moral theory and practice. For moral theory, inner virtues and vices show that one cannot easily derive an account of moral character from an account of morally right action—though related, virtue is a distinct domain of moral evaluation. For moral practice, an awareness of inner virtues and vices should lead us to be more reluctant to make judgments of the moral character of others since there are many virtues and vices that remain out of our view.

Keywords:   virtue, vice, moral theory, moral practice, Liezi

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