11-13-05 response to cohen

11-13-05 response to cohen - Avilla 1 Ross Avilla Dr. Chris...

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Avilla 1 Ross Avilla Dr. Chris Nagel Philosophy 4401 January 13, 2005 Response to Cohen’s “Pure Legal Advocates and Moral Agents” I enjoyed Cohen’s essay for how well it summarized the main points of good character, which I’m guessing Aristotle was first to lay out. By the author’s account, the characteristics of a virtuous person are a sense of justice, honesty, some measure of moral courage, liberal habits with money, benevolence, trustworthiness and one who has built up and regularly exercises competent moral autonomy. I also think that those are all essential to a person’s moral standing. I also thought he made some a pretty convincing argument out of the view that the lawyer’s occupation essentially makes the lawyer a less than moral person, not only for the fact that it forces the lawyer to commit immoral actions for the fulfillment of their obligations, but also that it does not support the growth and maintenance of good moral character.
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course PHIL 4401 taught by Professor Nagel during the Winter '05 term at CSU Stanislaus.

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