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Subject/Keyword
ethics
situationalism
epistemology
virtue theory
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Contreiras, Andrew
Supervisor and department
Welchman, Jenny (Philosophy)
Morton, Adam (Philosophy)
Examining committee member and department
Ball, Karyn (English and Film Studies)
Nye, Howard (Philosophy)
Department
Department of Philosophy
Specialization

Date accepted
2010-05-05T15:57:28Z
Graduation date
2010-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Moral virtues need intellectual virtues. I support this claims by (1) proposing a response in terms of intellectual virtues and other psychological factors to situationalist critiques against moral virtue, (2) arguing that intellectual virtues must assess moral contexts for proper manifestation of moral virtue, and (3) showing that interrelations between moral and intellectual virtues deem them inextricable in moral behavior. These arguments--(1), (2), and (3), respectively—are designed to show the function, the prescriptive advantage and the descriptive accuracy of intellectual virtues in virtue theory. Further, I argue that supplementing virtue theory with intellectual virtues yields more subtle characterological assessments of agents in moral action. Finally, I demonstrate the function of intellectual virtues to fill the theoretical gap revealed by the problem of moral luck.
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English
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