The overall thesis is that there is a set of vices (the so‐called deadly sins) that are corruptive of the self and the possession of which thus prevents an agent from leading a flourishing life. While it does not follow that therefore the virtues are needed for flourishing, it offers some support for this claim of traditional virtue theory by arguing that absence of such vices is at any rate a necessary condition for leading a good life. The nature of the harm done to the self is illustrated by a detailed discussion of the vice of sloth.
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