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B. Virtue Ethics > Daniel Star on "Two Levels of Moral Thinking"

Daniel Star's has a paper forthcoming in the Oxford Studies in Normative Ethics:

"The purpose of this paper is to introduce a two level account of moral thinking that, unlike other accounts, does justice to three very plausible propositions that seem to form an inconsistent triad:

(1) People can be morally virtuous without the aid of philosophy.

(2) Morally virtuous people non-accidentally act for good reasons, and work out what it is that they ought to do on the basis of considering such reasons.

(3) Philosophers engaged in the project of normative ethics are not wasting their time when they search after highly general moral principles which could not be discovered or be justifiably accepted through non-philosophical thinking, and which specify the good reasons that virtuous people act on, as well as provide a criterion or criteria for determining what it is that virtuous people ought to do.
March 4, 2012 | Registered CommenterGuy Axtell
As a species, humanity has been fixed within limitations. It is not capable of true moral virtue, called righteousness and philosophy or theology is unable to discover any higher moral principles or notions of the 'good' that can be realized in practice.

All that is possible is the 'relative' that is defined within any cultural construct. Otherwise all is chasing after wind.
March 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrobert landbeck