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David Copp

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195147797

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195147790.001.0001

Virtue Ethics

Chapter:
(p.515) Chapter 18 VIRTUE ETHICS
Source:
The Oxford Handbook of Ethical Theory
Author(s):

Julia Annas (Contributor Webpage)

, David Copphttp://philosophy.ucdavis.edu/people/dcopp
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195147790.003.0019

This chapter provides an intellectual framework for understanding modern theories of virtue. It presents a version of virtue ethics, which draws on the resources of the historical, particularly ancient, tradition, discussing the ways in which a virtue is a disposition, and the ways in which it involves practical reasoning and emotion. It explores virtue’s relation to flourishing (sometimes understood as happiness) and to right action, and the way in which virtue involves aspiring to an ideal. It also discusses the relation of virtue to human nature. Finally, it shows how some modern versions of virtue ethics can reasonably be seen as weaker or less complete theories than the one featured.

Keywords:   virtue, disposition, practical reasoning, emotion, flourishing, happiness, right action, ideal, human nature

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