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[catalogued under 23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 1. Virtue Theory / d. Virtue theory critique]

Full Idea

One criticism of virtue ethics is that it lamentably fails to come up with a priority ranking of the virtues.

Gist of Idea

Virtue ethics is open to the objection that it fails to show priority among the virtues


Rosalind Hursthouse (On Virtue Ethics [1999], Ch.2)

Book Reference

Hursthouse,Rosalind: 'On Virtue Ethics' [OUP 2001], p.56

A Reaction

However, one might refer to man's essential function, or characteristic function, and one might derive the virtues of a good citizen from the nature of a good society.