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On Virtue Ethics$
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Rosalind Hursthouse

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199247998

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199247994.001.0001

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The Virtuous Agent's Reasons for Action

The Virtuous Agent's Reasons for Action

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(p.121) 6 The Virtuous Agent's Reasons for Action
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On Virtue Ethics
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Rosalind Hursthouse (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199247994.003.0007

The fully virtuous may be said to act ‘out of a sense of duty’ or ‘because they think it is right’. The virtuous, when acting virtuously, act for a variety of reasons that form ranges characteristic of particular virtues. When children, and people who are in a transitory emotional state, act for such reasons they do not count as ‘acting out of a sense of duty’ but when the virtuous, who act from a settled state of character, act for such reasons, they do. Acting from virtue is sufficient for acting from duty.

Keywords:   acting from duty, acting from virtue, reasons for action

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