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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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Natural and Artificial Virtues

Natural and Artificial Virtues

A Vindication of Hume's Scheme

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(p.131) 8 Natural and Artificial Virtues
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How Should One Live?
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David Wiggins

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198752342.003.0008

Hume's distinction of natural virtues and artificial virtues grows out of his explanatory scheme. But the distinction seems well founded and shows a puzzle in Aristotle's account of the virtues. Hume's account of the artificial virtues is in outline convincing and has the effect of qualifying his title to be a straightforward ‘virtue theorist’.

Keywords:   Aristotle, artificial virtue, Hume, natural virtue, virtue, virtue ethics

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