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Practical Intelligence and the Virtues$
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Daniel C. Russell

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199565795

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199565795.001.0001

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Right Action for Virtue Ethics

Right Action for Virtue Ethics

(p.37) 2 Right Action for Virtue Ethics
Practical Intelligence and the Virtues

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This chapter explores the basic shape of virtue ethical approaches to right action and develops a framework for assessing them for adequacy without begging any questions against them. It focuses on two main issues: whether we should take seriously the idea that the virtues have anything to do with rightness, and the role of consequences and outcomes in a virtue ethical theory of action. It also develops an account of what conditions are necessary and sufficient for an account of right action to count as a kind of virtue ethics.

Keywords:   action assessment, action guidance, consequences, dilemma, ought, right action, virtue ethics

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