Lecture 7 Virtue Ethics

Lecture 7 Virtue Ethics - Faith, hope, charity Virtues...

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Many instrumental goods, one intrinsic good (contra  Plato) Good is relative to function Unique function of humans is reason Ultimate good for humans is  eudaimonia Virtues are a mean between two vices Virtues are reflected in situation-specific actions  established by  phronesis  (practical wisdom) Virtue is acquired through proper practice  Virtue is necessary but not sufficient for happiness
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Aquinas (1225-1274) Prudence  Justice, courage, temperance Theological virtues:
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Unformatted text preview: Faith, hope, charity Virtues prior to moral judgment • Whose benefit? • Excellence of what? • What kind of virtue is wisdom? • I didn’t do it on purpose • Temptation • Pleasure • Fear • Selfishness • Difficulty • Virtue and evil acts First essay ◦ Essay due October 19 ◦ Topics and instructions will be posted on the website October 5 ◦ Essay supplement Utilitarianism ◦ Bentham on Wednesday ◦ Mill starting Wednesday October 12...
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course PHL 275 taught by Professor Laurenb. during the Fall '11 term at University of Toronto.

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