Outline the principle advantages and disadvantages of an approach to ethics based around virtue
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October 3, 2014
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It also solves dilemmas between honesty and compassion which occur under the ?what should I do' branch. For example should someone lie to save someone hiding from a murder in a wardrobe? Under virtue ethics in cases like these the agent must exercise their practical wisdom (phronesis) to resolve the conflict...
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This enables the agent to make the choice to lie, despite deception being in many views, morally wrong and saving a life in the process.
Another advantage with virtue ethics is its inclusion of emotions. Where someone might do, or not do something because of their emotions might make them less praiseworthy than someone who acts out of duty, With virtue ethics they are just as, if not more so praiseworthy for acting after thinking as opposed to just doing...
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