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The Morality of Happiness$
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Julia Annas

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780195096521

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195096525.001.0001

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The Virtues

The Virtues

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(p.47) 2 The Virtues
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The Morality of Happiness
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Julia Annas (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195096525.003.0003

Virtue in ancient ethics is discussed from several perspectives. Virtues are dispositions with an affective aspect, involving the emotions, and an intellectual aspect, involving the development of practical reasoning and raising the issue of the unity of the virtues. The development of virtue may involve imitation of role models, or following rules and principles. The relation of virtue to right action and to supererogation is explored, as is the book's claim that virtue can be taken as the focus of what modern theories take to be morality.

Keywords:   disposition, emotions, morality, practical reasoning, principles, right action, rules, supererogation, unity of virtues, virtue

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