Intelligent Virtue

Intelligent Virtue

by Julia Annas
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199228787

ISBN-13: 9780199228782

Pub. Date: 05/26/2011

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Intelligent Virtue presents a distinctive new account of virtue and happiness as central ethical ideas. Annas argues that exercising a virtue involves practical reasoning of a kind which can illuminatingly be compared to the kind of reasoning we find in someone exercising a practical skill. Rather than asking at the start how virtues relate to rules, principles,

Overview

Intelligent Virtue presents a distinctive new account of virtue and happiness as central ethical ideas. Annas argues that exercising a virtue involves practical reasoning of a kind which can illuminatingly be compared to the kind of reasoning we find in someone exercising a practical skill. Rather than asking at the start how virtues relate to rules, principles, maximizing, or a final end, we should look at the way in which the acquisition and exercise of virtue can be seen to be in many ways like the acquisition and exercise of more mundane activities, such as farming, building or playing the piano. This helps us to see virtue as part of an agent's happiness or flourishing, and as constituting (wholly, or in part) that happiness. We are offered a better understanding of the relation between virtue as an ideal and virtue in everyday life, and the relation between being virtuous and doing the right thing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199228782
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
05/26/2011
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1. Introduction
2. Virtue, Character, and Disposition
3. Skilled and Virtuous Action
4. The Scope of Virtue
5. Virtue and Enjoyment
6. Virtues and the Unity of Virtue
7. Virtue and Goodness
8. Living Happily
9. Living Virtuously, Living Happily
10. Conclusion

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