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B. Virtue Ethics > Ben Bradley on "Contemporary Consequentialist Theories of Virtue"

Be Bradley has a draft of an interesting forthcoming paper. No attached abstract, but the first paragraph reads,

"The theory of virtue has recently been dominated by Aristotelians. This is unsurprising given Aristotle’s status in the profession, the extensive treatment of virtue found in the Nicomachean Ethics, and the centrality of virtue to Aristotelian ethics (as compared to its subsidiary status in e.g. the utilitarian tradition). But from the standpoint of the philosophical understanding of virtue, Aristotle’s dominance is arguably lamentable, since the “Doctrine of the Mean” is virtually devoid of content (Aristotle 1976, Book II). Consequentialism about the virtues offers a potentially more informative alternative. Roughly speaking, consequentialist theories of virtue explain a character trait’s status as a virtue or vice by appealing to the value of the consequences of the trait, unlike the dominant Aristotelian and Kantian views according to which an agent’s virtue is determined largely or entirely by the intrinsic quality of her psychological states. I will begin by tracing the development of virtue consequentialism and spelling out some ways to develop a consequentialist theory of virtue. Then I will discuss some of the advantages and shortcomings of consequentialist theories."

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September 25, 2015 | Registered CommenterGuy Axtell