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How Should One Live?Essays on the Virtues$
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Roger Crisp

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198752349

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198752342.001.0001

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The Virtues and Human Nature

The Virtues and Human Nature

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(p.111) 7 The Virtues and Human Nature
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How Should One Live?
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Julia Driver (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198752342.003.0007

The concept of human nature has entered into virtue theory at two levels. The first is psychological: what are human beings like? This paper argues that it is a mistake to define virtue in terms of particular types of intentional psychological states. The second level concerns human flourishing. Here, the paper argues that one can develop a theory of virtue independently of the notion of flourishing.

Keywords:   flourishing, human nature, moral psychology, virtue, virtue ethics

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