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Uneasy Virtue

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ISBN-10: 052103406X

ISBN-13: 9780521034067

Edition: N/A

Authors: Julia Driver, Ernest Sosa, Jonathan Dancy, John Haldane, Gilbert Harman

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The predominant view of moral virtue can be traced back to Aristotle. He believed that moral virtue must involve intellectual excellence. To have moral virtue one must have practical wisdom - the ability to deliberate well and to see what is morally relevant in a given context. Julia Driver challenges this classical theory of virtue, arguing that it fails to take into account virtues which do seem to involve ignorance or epistemic defect. Some virtues of ignorance are counterexamples to accounts of virtue which hold that moral virtue must involve practical wisdom. Modesty, for example, is generally considered to be a virtue even though the modest person may be making an inaccurate…    
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Book details

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/12/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.98" wide x 8.98" long x 0.35" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

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