A theory of virtue : excellence in being for the good.
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Oxford & New York : Clarendon Press ; Oxford University Press, 2006. Hardcover. Dustjacket. xiii, 249 p. ; 24 cm. Condition : as new. ISBN 9780199207510[KEYWORDS: PHILOSOPHY2011-21 philosophy. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 246326
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One challenge arises from the importance of altruism in modern ethical thought, and the question of what altruism has to do with intrinsic excellence. Part Two argues that altruistic benevolence does indeed have a crucial place in excellence of character, but that moral virtue should also be expected to involve excellence in being for other goods besides the well-being (and the rights) of other persons. It explores relations among cultural goods, personal relationships, one's own good, and the good of others, as objects of excellent motives.
The other challenge, the subject of Part Three of the book, is typified by doubts about the reality of moral virtue, arising from experiments and conclusions in social psychology. Adams explores in detail the prospects for an empirically realistic conception of excellence of character as an object of moral aspiration, endeavor, and education. He argues that such a conception will involve renunciation of the ancient thesis of the unity or mutual implication of all virtues, and acknowledgment of sufficient 'moral luck' in the development of any individual's character to make virtue very largely a gift, rather than an individual achievement, though nonetheless excellent and admirable for that.
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Robert Merrihew Adams is Professor of Philosophy at Mansfield College, University of Oxford
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