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Unformatted text preview: The unity of virtue thesis states that whoever possesses one virtue, possesses all of them, and that practical wisdom unifies the virtue, producing character. Practical wisdom guarantees happiness because the essence of human life is life lived in accordance with rational principal, meaning thats everything exists for a purpose. A lot of practical contemporary ethicists reject some of Aristotles elitism, while still keeping his moral theory intact. It is hard to believe that someone who can posses one virtue is in possession of them all. For example, some of the virtues that Aristotle states can not be held by everyone, while others can be. Rosalind Hursthouse says that to think of virtues is not to think of character traits at all. They are not excellences of character, not traits that make their possessor good and issue in good conduct. For example, a person who gives money to a beggar may be a criminal of identity theft, or someone who risks their life to save a baby could actually be...
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- Spring '08