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Virtue ethics - essay structure


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Virtue ethics - essay structure

  1. 1. Virtue Ethics i)Aristotle – Telos of humans, most important virtues are intellectual and moralAgent centred – Culturally relativeVirtues – Be virtuous to reach Eudamonia, look at role models, practiseGolden Mean – finding the balance between two extremesVirtuous people – always virtuous, even when asleep20th century revival – Elizabeth Anscombe, Richard Taylor, Alastair MacIntyre ii)Weaknesses – Which virtues should we cultivate? Value judgements are still made, feminist critiquesSusan Wolf – Not everyone wants to cultivate virtuesStrengths – Can be used in religious and secular morality, Jesus was a virtuous man