Ideas from 'Moral Philosophy meets social psychology' by Gilbert Harman [1999], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Explaining Value and Other Essays' by Harman,Gilbert [OUP 2000,0-19-823804-5]].

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22. Metaethics / B. The Good / 1. Goodness / g. Consequentialism
Maybe consequentialism is a critique of ordinary morality, rather than describing it
23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 2. Elements of Virtue Theory / e. Character
Maybe there is no such thing as character, and the virtues and vices said to accompany it
If a person's two acts of timidity have different explanations, they are not one character trait
Virtue ethics might involve judgements about the virtues of actions, rather than character