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A Theory of Virtue$
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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

Self‐Love and the Vices of Self‐Preference

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(p.95) 7 Self‐Love and the Vices of Self‐Preference
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A Theory of Virtue
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Robert Merrihew Adams (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199207510.003.0007

Excellence in caring for one's own good had a central place in ancient thought about virtue, but modern ethical thought has often been reluctant to regard it as a moral virtue at all. This chapter argues that there is a form of self-love that is quite distinct from vices of self-preference such as selfishness, self-centredness, and conceit; and that is virtuous and not inimical to altruistic benevolence.

Keywords:   good, modern ethical thought, selfishness, self-centredness, self-love, self-preference, altruistic benevolence

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