Single Idea 4117

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 2. Elements of Virtue Theory / j. Unity of virtue]

Full Idea

We accept, indeed regard as a platitude, an idea that Aristotle rejected, that someone can have one virtue while lacking others.

Gist of Idea

Nowadays we (unlike Aristotle) seem agreed that someone can have one virtue but lack others


comment on Aristotle (Nichomachean Ethics [c.334 BCE]) by Bernard Williams - Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy Ch.3

Book Reference

Williams,Bernard: 'Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy' [Fontana 1985], p.36

A Reaction

Probably because we don't think as hard about it as Aristotle did. What are the prerequisites of even a single virtue? Distinguish a true virtue from an accidental good quality.