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From Morality to Virtue$
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Michael Slote

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780195093926

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195093925.001.0001

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The Main Issue Between Utilitarianism and Virtue Ethics

The Main Issue Between Utilitarianism and Virtue Ethics

(p.227) 14 The Main Issue Between Utilitarianism and Virtue Ethics
From Morality to Virtue

Michael Slote (Contributor Webpage)

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The main issue between utilitarianism and commonsense virtue ethics is whether what is admirable is a function of the overall benefit a trait brings to sentient beings generally or whether there can be sources of admirability and virtue status somewhat independent of such overall consequences. It is argued by example that many kinds of admirability seem possible and that some of these do not grow out of overall likely benefits to sentient beings. This favors commonsense virtue ethics over utilitarianism.

Keywords:   admirability, benefits, commonsense virtue ethics, utilitarianism, virtue status

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