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Uneasy Virtue
     

Uneasy Virtue

by Jonathan Dancy, Ernest Sosa, Julia Driver
 

ISBN-10: 052103406X

ISBN-13: 9780521034067

Pub. Date: 12/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Driver challenges Aristotle's classical theory of virtue, arguing that it fails to take into account virtues that do seem to involve ignorance or epistemic defect. Modesty, for example, is generally considered to be a virtue even though the modest person may be making an inaccurate assessment of his or her accomplishments. She argues that we should abandon the

Overview

Driver challenges Aristotle's classical theory of virtue, arguing that it fails to take into account virtues that do seem to involve ignorance or epistemic defect. Modesty, for example, is generally considered to be a virtue even though the modest person may be making an inaccurate assessment of his or her accomplishments. She argues that we should abandon the highly intellectualist view of virtue and instead adopt a consequentialist perspective that holds that virtue is simply a character trait that systematically produces good consequences.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521034067
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Philosophy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.35(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. The Aristotelian conception of virtue; 2. The virtues of ignorance; 3. Dubious virtue psychology; 4. A consequentialist theory of virtue; 5. Virtue and the will; Conclusion; Notes; References; Index.

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