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Unformatted text preview: 1-11-11Virtue Ethics – Aristotle?oFocuses on Character, rather than on actionsoAnswers the question “what kind of person should I be?”oAll human actions aim toward happinessoHappiness = eudaimonia or flourishingoVirtue is a mean between two extremesoI is found in a certain mastery or control over ones emotions, desires, choices, values, and attitudesoWe determine the mean through the use of practical wisdomoStrengths:oFocuses on the whole personoIs sensitive to contextoWeaknessesoDoesn’t provide clear guidance about what to do in case of a moral dilemmaoNo general agreement on what the virtues areAristotle’s ethics focuses on rationality/practical wisdom and the role it plays in the good life, specifically in determining right actionHume rejects the idea that morality is based on rationality. Instead, he thinks that morality is ultimately grounded in our moral sentiments – our feelings about actionsHume’s Moral TheoryoRejects the following claims:oThat we can discover moral properties through rationality alone...
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This note was uploaded on 04/05/2012 for the course PHI 2100 taught by Professor Mikepatterson during the Spring '12 term at FSU.

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1-11-11 - 1-11-11Virtue Ethics – Aristotle?oFocuses on...

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