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Single Idea 6198

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 1. Virtue Theory / a. Nature of virtue]

Full Idea

Virtue (as the worthiness to be happy) is the supreme condition of whatever appears to us to be desirable and thus of all our pursuit of happiness and, consequently, the supreme good.

Gist of Idea

Virtue is the supreme state of our pursuit of happiness, and so is supreme good


Immanuel Kant (Critique of Practical Reason [1788], I.II.II)

Book Reference

Kant,Immanuel: 'Critique of Practical Reason (Third edition)', ed/tr. Beck,Lewis White [Library of Liberal Arts 1993], p.116

A Reaction

Thus Kant can claim to be a virtue theorist, but giving us a very different account of how virtue arises. He emphasises elsewhere (Idea 6197) that the supreme good must be in the will, not in the outcome. 'Virtue' is here a rather thin concept.

Related Idea

Idea 6197 Morality involves duty and respect for law, not love of the outcome [Kant]