Virtue Ethics

[Revised entry by Rosalind Hursthouse and Glen Pettigrove on December 8, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Virtue ethics is currently one of three major approaches in normative ethics. It
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[Revised entry by Rosalind Hursthouse and Glen Pettigrove on December 8, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Virtue ethics is currently one of three major approaches in normative ethics. It may, initially, be identified as the one that emphasizes the virtues, or moral character, in contrast to the approach that emphasizes duties or rules (deontology) or that emphasizes the consequences of actions (consequentialism). Suppose it is obvious that someone in need should be helped. A utilitarian will point to the fact that the consequences of doing so will maximize well-being,...

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