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Why virtue ethics does not have a problem with right action

ERI Building - Room 149 (1st Floor)
Monday 28 October 2013 (16:15-18:00)

Dr Darragh Byrne (email:

Philosophy Society 2013-2014

Julia Annas (University of Arizona)

Why Virtue Ethics Does Not Have a Problem with Right Action


Theories in which virtue is central are sometimes criticized for lacking 'action guidance', by which is meant lacking a 'theory of right action'. The paper shows the kind of account of right action that is provided by an ethics of virtue, and also shows why some theorists have mistakenly demanded a different kind.

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