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12/2/05 4:54 PM
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HOLLYWOOD-MO
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Edited: 02-Dec-05
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How would you regard abortion under the moral realm of virtue ethics? This theory seems to be focused on the nature and character of a person, but does not give concrete responses to social issues. It can be easy to say that helping others, loyalty, and generosity are virtues, while laziness and foolishness are vice. But there seems to be an ambiguous realm of confusion, at least for me:), when it comes to important social issues, such as capital punishment, abortion, so forth. Can some people open my eyes to this? Thank you.
12/4/05 2:48 PM
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Edited: 04-Dec-05
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this should keep you busy for a while:

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/ethics-virtue/

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12/6/05 11:06 PM
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Edited: 06-Dec-05
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going back to the nicomachean ethics, aristotle makes a point to suggest that ethics is not a "precise" enterprise. you cannot have concrete rules to apply to specific situations. thats why you don't get "commands" on how to act in every situation. rather, you develop virtue (through habituation) and in turn, you begin to act properly without even having to contemplate the matter. the focus then is on developing virtue because proper action will follow. doing the "right" thing without the proper motivations isn't virtuous.

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