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Plural and Conflicting Values$
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Michael Stocker

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198240556

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198240554.001.0001

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Moral Immorality

Moral Immorality

(p.37) 2 Moral Immorality
Plural and Conflicting Values

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Considers a cognate issue, which is whether what is immoral can nevertheless be admirable. It is argued that admirable immorality, like dirty hands, does not pose special problems for ethical theories. At the heart of admirable immorality lies a conflict of moral virtues, which is unavoidable and necessitates conflict. Looks at two case studies, the painter Paul Gauguin and Winston Churchill.

Keywords:   admirable immorality, dirty hands, moral virtues

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