A Theory of Virtue: Excellence in Being for the Good

ISBN: 0199207518
ISBN 13: 9780199207510
By: Robert Merrihew Adams

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Presenting and defending a conception of virtue as intrinsic excellence of character, worth prizing for its own sake and not only for its benefits, this work addresses two challenges to the ancient idea of excellence of character. It offers a framework for thinking about the moral evaluation of character.

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So far I'm very happy with this book. It's clearly written and its distinction between the 'ethics' of character and the ethics of action is helpful. From what I have seen, Adams' view of virtue as 'excellence in being for the good' is significantly similar to Mill's view of virtue.

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