Ideas from 'Introduction to Virtue Ethics' by Daniel Statman [1997], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Virtue Ethics' (ed/tr Statman,Daniel) [Edinburgh 1997,0-7486-0896-6]].

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20. Action / C. Motives for Action / 4. Responsibility for Actions
We may still admire a person's character even if the traits are involuntary
22. Metaethics / B. The Good / 2. Happiness / b. Eudaimonia
With a broad concept of flourishing, it might be possible without the virtues
22. Metaethics / C. Ethics Foundations / 1. Nature of Ethics / d. Ethical theory
There is a new sort of moral scepticism, about the possibility of moral theories
23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 1. Virtue Theory / d. Virtue theory critique
Virtue theory isn't a genuine ethical theory, because it doesn't have universal application
Promises create moral duties that have nothing to do with character
23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 2. Elements of Virtue Theory / d. Teaching virtue
Moral education is better by concrete example than abstract principle
23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 4. External Goods / d. Friendship
Friends express friendship even when no utility is involved
23. Ethics / D. Deontological Ethics / 2. Duty
The ancients recognised imperfect duties, but we have added perfect duties like justice
Behaviour may be disgusting or inhumane, but violate no duty
24. Applied Ethics / C. Death Issues / 3. Abortion
Abortion issues focus on the mother's right over her body, and the status of the foetus