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[catalogued under 23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 1. Virtue Theory / b. Basis of virtue]

Full Idea

Hursthouse defines a virtue as a trait humans need to flourish or live well, 'eudaimonia' is conceptually foundational, the concept of virtue is then derived, and the concept of a right act is derived from that.

Gist of Idea

Eudaimonia first; virtue is a trait which promotes it; right acts are what virtues produce


report of Rosalind Hursthouse (Virtue Theory and Abortion [1992], p.226) by Linda Trinkaus Zagzebski - Virtues of the Mind II.1

Book Reference

Zagzebski,Linda: 'Virtues of the Mind' [CUP 1996], p.81

A Reaction

Zagzebski is mapping different types of virtue theory. The purest theories say that virtue is intrinsically good. The others seem to be instrumental, in varying degrees. Zagzebski makes good motivations prior.