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The Virtuous Pamela of Virtue Rewarded - The Virtuous Pamela of Virtue Rewarded       Samuel Richardson began his literary career when two booksellers offered him the opportunity to amass a publication for unskilled letter writers. While preparing this volume, a small sequence of letters from a young lady asking her father's counsel when endangered by her master's advances, entranced him. His enthrallment resulted in a shift in his work. The result was the tome Pamela; Or, Virtue Rewarded. The book has been subject to much inquiry....   [tags: Virtue Rewarded Essays]
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Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded - Sexuality and the Morally Didactic Novel - Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded - Sexuality and the Morally Didactic Novel We have difficulties as a modern audience appreciating the social anxieties reflected in Pamela, especially those surrounding morality and valuation of individuals within the social framework. The radical stance of even using phrases such as virtue and 'fortune' to denote Pamela's virginity are themselves loaded with a questioning of the social stratification in which she resides. The term 'Fortune' is perhaps the most playful but problematic....   [tags: Pamela Virtue Rewarded Essays]
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The Virtue of Discrimination - The Virtue of Discrimination Discrimination is a word that has taken on a negative connotation in today's society. Since the beginning of the equal rights movement, the perceived meaning of the word discrimination has shifted from that of a useful virtue to one of an insulting, derogatory word. Robert Keith Miller wrote an essay for Newsweek in the summer of 1980 that focuses on the discrepancies in the use of the word discrimination. “Discrimination Is a Virtue” points out the differences in the dictionary’s definition of the word discrimination and the perceived societal definition of the word....   [tags: Virtues Discriminate Essays] 1051 words
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Virtue Ethics - Sally has obviously damaged the company, so her actions will definitely require an appropriate form of punishment. However, there are several factors that have to be taken in account. For example, Sally was a loyal, responsible, and fair worker during the last 20 years, so any extreme form of punishment could damage both Sally and the company. On the other hand, an inappropriate response from the management could encourage her deviant behavior towards the company in the future. With several conflicting factors apparent in this case, working out an appropriate solution is difficulty....   [tags: Ethics ] 963 words
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Virtue and Happiness - ... For example let us take health, we would not choose a given life just by knowing that it contains good health, we can thus conclude that health is not self-sufficient and that it is not the highest good. It is now necessary to find the good that best fits this definition. It seems like happiness is the good since it is both complete and self-sufficient, indeed happiness is an intrinsic good and is the cause of other goods, furthermore it is self-sufficient as we would choose a life just by knowing that it contains happiness....   [tags: Aristotle, Philosophy]
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What is Virtue Epistemology? - What is Virtue Epistemology. This paper functions as a brief introduction to virtue epistemology, a topic that has enjoyed a recent gain in popularity among analytic philosophers. Here I maintain that the defining feature of virtue epistemology is its focus on the intellectual virtues and vices rather than the evaluation of belief. What constitutes such a focus. And, what are the intellectual virtues. In the first section, I enumerate five different ways in which virtue epistemologists might focus on the virtues....   [tags: Philosophy Virtues Ethics Papers]
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Linda Zagzebski: A Virtue Based Definition of Knowledge - The philosopher, Linda Zagzebski, offers a virtue based definition of knowledge. She arrives at this definition by presenting numerous accounts of knowledge definitions that fail, explore why they fail, then shows how her theory satisfies knowledge criteria. Zagzebski defines knowledge by expressing the relationship between the subject and the truth proposition. A truth claim becomes knowledge when your state of belief makes cognitive contact with reality. What it is to know that you understand something is different from having a relationship with something....   [tags: Philosophy, Virtues] 1062 words
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Virtue Ethics - What kind of person should I be. In dealing with the question with virtue ethics, moral dilemmas such as this question will be investigated in order to compare differences and advantages as well as problems. Ethically speaking is doing what is right and if a person in question has good character and motivation she is behaving ethically. Virtue ethics is a very different approach to the other work by Aristotle. It does not primarily concentrate on the right action as such; the right action according to virtue ethicists is the one that the virtuous person would do....   [tags: Business Case Studies] 456 words
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Virtue Ethics - Virtue Ethics Virtue ethics is a theory used to make moral decisions. It does not rely on religion, society or culture; it only depends on the individuals themselves. The main philosopher of Virtue Ethics is Aristotle. His theory was originally introduced in ancient Greek times. Aristotle was a great believer in virtues and the meaning of virtue to him meant being able to fulfil one's functions. Virtue ethics is not so much interested in the question 'What should I do?' but rather in the question 'what sort of person should I become?' It has more to do with character and the nature of what it is to be human, than with the rights and wrongs of actions....   [tags: Papers] 905 words
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Virtue as Habit - Virtue as Habit The aim of this essay is to examine the following question. Does it make a difference in moral psychology whether one adopts Aristotle's ordinary or Immanuel Kant's revisionist definition of virtue as a moral habit. Suppose it is objected, at the outset, that these definitions cannot be critically compared because their moral theories are, respectively, aposteriori and apriori, and so incommensurable. Two points of commensurability and grounds for comparative evaluation are two basic problems that any theory in moral psychology must address....   [tags: Aristotle Kant Moral Psychology Papers]
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Habermas on Virtue - Habermas on Virtue Although Habermas has never worked out a conception of virtue and indeed criticizes this notion whenever he uses it, his theory crucially depends on the virtuous attitude of participants in discourse — be it in the realm of democracy and law or that of morality. In this paper, in which I deal only with the ethical foundations of morality, I argue first that the norms of discourse which are gained from a presuppositional analysis of speech as such have to be complemented by the sensitive perception on the side of the recipients....   [tags: Ethics Morals Papers] 4297 words
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The Virtue of Bravery - The Virtue of Bravery In this essay I will be describing the virtue of bravery. I will first define what Aristotle thinks virtue is, explain the virtue of bravery, and then finally reflect this virtue on my personal experience in the Shaw neighborhood. Aristotle breaks down virtue into four aspects which are: a state that decides in mean, consisting in a mean, the mean relative to us, which is defined by reference to reason(1107a). He also states that there are two kinds of virtue: one of thought or intellect and one of character or actions....   [tags: Papers] 911 words
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Infinite Virtue - Infinite Virtue IV.viii of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra is a short scene, less than 40 lines, and an entirely unexpected one. The preceding scenes of Act IV, such as Hercules' departure and Enobarbus' desertion, heavily foreshadow Antony's defeat. When Antony wins his battle against Caesar and returns to Cleopatra in IV.viii, the joy of their reunion contrasts with the despair of Act IV. Antony's victory is a strike against fate and a tribute, albeit short-lived, to the power of Egypt. The association of royalty and divinity was a common tradition not limited to the Elizabethans' world picture....   [tags: William Shakespeare Antony Cleopatra Essays] 769 words
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Discrimination is a Virtue - Discrimination is a Virtue In the next few paragraphs I will critique the rhetorical effectiveness of Robert Keith Miller’s essay, Discrimination is a Virtue. In his essay Miller tries to redefine the word discrimination. I will evaluate the effectiveness of his argument, and suggest different elements he could have incorporated or deleted to make his paper more effective. Overall, Miller gets his point across and enlightens the reader, but I do not believe he had a goal in writing this to make any tangible changes....   [tags: Robert Keith Miller Essays] 985 words
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The Virtue Of Silence - THE VIRTUE OF SILENCE Of all the virtues that most men and women disregard, it is silence. People go about in their everyday lives not even noticing the beauty of one's "inner silence." Try an experiment: Close your eyes. Tune out the sounds from everything that's surrounding you, and focus on what is going on inside you. Take a deep breath and just listen. How many inner voices did you hear. Most people do not even realize the amount of noise that is carried around in the human body....   [tags: essays research papers] 993 words
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Aristotle's Notion on Eudaimonia and Virtue - In Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics he accounts that humans should make sacrifices and should ultimately aim first and foremost for their own happiness . In the paper I will argue that it is really in a person’s best interest to be virtuous . I will do this by first describing Aristotle’s notion on both eudaimonia and virtue , as well as highlighting the intimate relationship between the two . Secondly I will talk about the human role in society. Thirdly I will describe the intrinsic tie between human actions ....   [tags: Philosophy ]
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Glory vs. Virtue - Virtue manifests itself differently within Christine de Pizan’s novel The Book of the City of Ladies and Niccolo Machiavelli’s novels The Prince and The Discourses Letter to Vettori. Pizan describes virtue in a moralistic sense, one closer to Aristotle and Plato’s traditional view. On the contrary, Machiavelli has a warped sense of morality and his view of virtue is one without a moral tone; he argues that a prince must adapt himself to whichever situation he finds himself in. Despite their disagreement of the materialization of virtue, they both attribute it to powerful people....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Aristotelian Virtue Ethics - Aristotle's ethics consist of a form of virtue ethics, in which the ethical action is that which properly complies with virtue(s) by finding the mean within each particular one. Aristotle outlines two types of virtues: moral/character virtues and intellectual virtues. Though similar to, and inspired by, Plato and Socrates’ ethics, Aristotle's ethical account differs in some areas. Aristotle, a student of Plato, is known for his contributions in many fields of philosophy, ethics being one of the most prominent....   [tags: Ethics ]
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The Theory of Innate Virtue - Throughout the dialogue of “Meno”, Socrates inquires what virtue is and whether virtue is innate, acquired through learning, or received as a gift from the gods (Jowett, 1949). After some discussion with Meno, Socrates first proposes the theory that virtue is innate. Subsequently the knowledge of innate virtue is of a priori knowledge, which is in turn contingent on a priori justification (Russell, 2011). A priori knowledge is knowledge that rests on a priori justification. A priori justification is a type of epistemic justification that is, in some sense, independent of experience....   [tags: Philosophy]
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Virtue Ethics Approach - 1. Identify the main pros and cons of a virtue ethics approach. The virtue ethics approach is a theory that suggests that people are judged via their character, not specific actions. An individual who has developed good character traits (virtues) is judged as a morally good person. An individual who has developed bad character traits (vices) is judged as a morally bad person. Most of us have a mixture or virtues and vices. There are many pros and cons linked to this approach. The pros include a. Emphasis on pleasure and emotion – it is good that we should enjoy acting virtuously b. Moral education – being moral is a developmental process c. Consideration of life as a whole – “One swallow does not make a spring” (Aristotle, 1976) d. No decision procedure – moral decision making is too complicated to have a single criterion for decision The Cons are: a. It Offers no solution to specific moral dilemmas b. Not everyone has the equal opportunity to develop morally – do we judge them the same....   [tags: Ethics ]
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Liberty, Necessity, and Virtue - ... When he had to pacify Romagna, Cesare hired Ramirro d’Orco, “a man of cruelty and dispatch,” and gave him complete control to bring peace to Romagna. As a result of all the power that Ramirro held, he succeeded in no time to bring peace to Romagna. Since Romagna had peace, Cesare no longer believed that the excessive power used by Ramirro necessary. He understood that the cruelty used by Ramirro might transpire into hatred towards him. In order to demonstrate to the populace that he had nothing to do with the cruelty used by Ramirro, Cesare put Ramirro into two pieces on the Piazza; and thus with this action the people were satisfied and stupefied....   [tags: Machiavelli, Hobbes, Politics] 1421 words
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The Virtue of Prudency in American Politics - Prudency, an essential virtue in which one strives to hold in high esteem in order to truly achieve a leadership role, especially in U.S politics. To be prudent is to obtain the ability of utilizing reason in order to govern oneself. As a result, how can one expect to be a leader and govern others if they do not posses the qualities to do so for him/herself. Therefore, prudency although a basic virtue, serves as the foundation in which ignites the enhancement of ones skills and ultimately makes or breaks a leader, separating people into two categories, those who govern, and those who are governed....   [tags: political science] 744 words
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Ethical Virtue and Nobility - Aristotle, in the Nicomachean Ethics, asserts that every ethical virtue aims at what is noble. In order to establish his definition of nobility, Aristotle takes the example of the virtue of courage. This virtue aims at what is noble, namely the common good, and this noble end is reached through courageous acts done by a brave man. There is a direct relationship between becoming good and loving what is noble. In order to become a good person, one must be conditioned to love what is noble and hate what is ignoble....   [tags: Ethics] 1025 words
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Pride: A Virtue Not a Sin - 1) Well, I believe that pride is a virtue and not a sin. Pride is a stage where an individual thinks highly of himself. This individual is happy within his own norms, values, and desires. They are happy about their own characteristics and no one else can do anything to mess that up. A virtue means excellence of pride (according to St. Augustine). Virtue also means something that is right and just. Some religions are cultures of their own. Every culture wants people to follow their way of life over someone else's....   [tags: Sociology ]
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Beowulf's Heroism - Virtue or Flaw? - Beowulf's fight with the dragon is a puzzle. On the surface, it appears to be the hero's final victory, and a fitting end to his noble life. Yet, the circumstances surrounding the battle – Beowulf's disregard for his thanes' advice and the Geats' bleak future without their king – raise pointed questions about Beowulf and his motivations. No where else in the poem are the hero's actions portrayed as anything but right and good.ǂ Not surprisingly, this issue has drawn considerable critical attention....   [tags: Epic of Beowulf Essays]
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Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics - ... The great things occurs when “he receives great honors from excellent people; he will be moderately pleased, thinking he is getting what is proper to him, or even less” (§5). Furthermore, the individual person is considered as just and sincere in his actions and thoughts. “For the magnanimous person is justified when he thinks less of others, since his beliefs are true; but the many think less of others with no good reason*” (§22). In addition, he, the magnanimous person, will be tempted by pleasurable things that could prevent him from maintaining the highest good....   [tags: Virtue, Happiness] 985 words
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Hume's Wide Construal of the Virtues - Hume's Wide Construal of the Virtues ABSTRACT: The term "virtue" has traditionally been used to designate morally good character traits such as benevolence, charity, honesty, wisdom, and honor. Although ethicists do not commonly offer a definitive list of virtues, the number of virtues discussed is often short and their moral significance is clear. Hume's analysis of the virtues departs from this tradition both in terms of the quantity of virtues discussed and their obvious moral significance....   [tags: Hume Virtues Virtue Philosophy Papers]
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Virtue and Happiness in Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics - In consideration to Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle’s view of the great-souled man is that of an individual that represents happiness and obtains the five virtues: wisdom, justice, bravery, self-control, and the overall goodness within an individual (happiness). The magnanimous person is very complex and displays the proper virtues at the proper time, and in the proper way. In addition, the great-souled man accommodates to his surroundings where he is honorable but not boastful in his actions. Aristotle believes that it is only possible to attain happiness within a political organization because happiness represents living well without being concerned with others, they solely live for the truth and not approval....   [tags: philosophy] 1147 words
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Can virtue be taught? - lthough today's society includes much technology and new things are supposedly being discovered every day, many age old questions still remain unanswered; questions such as: "Can virtue be taught?" This question is examined in detail throughout Plato's Meno, and although the play leaves the question as to what virtue is unanswered, Socrates attempts an answer to Meno's question. Although he is not particularly keen on answering whether virtue can be taught without first having a complete understanding of what virtue is, he attempts to please Meno by solving this in the way that geometers conduct their investigations, through a hypothesis....   [tags: essays research papers] 556 words
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The Alternative View To Virtue Ethics - The Alternative View To Virtue Ethics Virtue theory is the view that the foundation of morality is the development of good character traits, or virtues. A person is good, then, if he has virtues and lacks vices. Some virtue theorists mention as many as 100 virtuous character traits, which contribute to making someone a good person. Virtue theory places special emphasis on moral education since virtuous character traits are developed in one's youth; adults, therefore, are responsible for instilling virtues in the young....   [tags: Papers] 773 words
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The Strengths and Weaknesses Of Virtue Ethics - The Strengths and Weaknesses Of Virtue Ethics The virtue ethicist suggests that his theory avoids the complicated tasks of using a formula to figure out what we ought to do, by instead focusing on the kinds of persons we ought to be. The trouble lies in determining just how we know what kinds of persons we ought to be. Or, we might put it this way: how are we to determine just what the virtues are. Obviously, if we do not know what the virtues are, then telling people to "Live virtuously!" becomes an empty imperative....   [tags: Papers] 758 words
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Virtue Based Ethical Systems - Virtue-Based Ethical Systems For centuries, philosophers have argued over a controversial issue of morality. Could a person who makes moral decisions unhappily be as moral as a person who makes them happily. One philosophy on that issue ranges as far back as Plato and Aristotle, this is the concept of virtue-based ethical systems. Pojman writes, 'Virtue ethics centers on the heart of the agent-in his or her character.'; Virtue ethics seeks to mold the agent into a better person, not only guide their actions....   [tags: essays research papers] 673 words
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Virtue Ethics: Deontological and Eudaimonist - Virtue Ethics: Deontological and Eudaimonist There are two basic types of ethical judgments: deontological judgements that focus on duty and obligation and eudaimonist judgements that focus on human excellence and the nature of the good life. I contend that we must carefully distinguish these two types of judgement and not try to understand one as a special case of the other. Ethical theories may be usefully divided into two main kinds, deontological or eudaimonist, on the basis of whether they take one of the other of these types of judgement as primary....   [tags: Ethics Judgements Papers] 4530 words
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Virtue Ethics and Business Ethics - Virtue Ethics and Business Ethics When considering Aristotelian ethics and then placing them in the context of modern business practices, it is important to note that the Greek paradigm was very different to that of our own in the modernist age. Homer’s Greek myths, imminent wars and conflicts and empires were all important issues in Greek times, society however does not place such emphasis on these in today’s society. The concept of strong bonds in a community where individuals must dutifully care for one another is not integral in today’s society especially in a more capitalist society upon which the western world works and flourishes....   [tags: Papers] 1943 words
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In Search of Virtue in Honors - In Search of Virtue in Honors Of the three forms of friendship discussed by Aristotle—the useful, the pleasant, and the good—the ideal seminar most resembles the perfectly good friendship between “good men who are alike in excellence or virtue” (Aristotle 1156b). A seminar, the Swarthmore website reads, unites faculty with “small groups of dedicated and accomplished students” committed to “independent learning” and “dialogue with peers, teachers, and examiners.” In light of Aristotelian and neo-Aristotelian thought on friendship, virtue and practical wisdom, this discussion will first examine how an ideal seminar promotes student virtues and then proceed to evaluate an e-mail I wrote in response to an imperfect seminar....   [tags: Aristotle Friendship Philosophy Essays]
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Hume and the Ethics of Virtue - Hume and the Ethics of Virtue I argue that Hume's ethics can be characterized as a virtue ethics, by which I mean a view according to which character has priority over action and the principles governing action: virtuous character guides and constrains practical deliberation. In a traditional utilitarian or Kantian ethics, character is subordinate to practical deliberation: virtue is needed only to motivate virtuous action. I begin by outlining this approach in Aristotle's ethics, then draw relevant parallels to Hume....   [tags: Character Morals Aristotle Papers] 4367 words
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The Importance of Honor and Virtue - The Importance of Honor and Virtue Two important characteristics for warriors are honor and virtue. Virtue is deemed to be the most important to a warrior's life and it means achieving your greatest potential as a human being. "The reward for great honor and virtue is fame (kleos), which is what guarantees meaning and value to one's life. Dying without fame (akleos) is generally considered a disaster, and the warriors of The Iliad do the most unimaginable deeds to avoid dying in obscurity or infamy....   [tags: Papers] 908 words
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Ethics - Virtue of Patience - Virtue and Patience In order to survive these days, there need to be at least some standards and goals of morality in a person's life. Moral excellence is definitely hard to achieve, but is something worth while to attempt. Personally, there are many distractions and obstructions the present day provides, creating a difficulty of direction in my own life. I need to overcome obstacles such as peer pressure in order to become a confident, successful person. The present day provides impediments which I believe I can overcome by way of morality and virtue....   [tags: essays research papers] 1369 words
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Sir Gawain: A Man of Virtue - Sir Gawain: A Man of Virtue Nobility, honesty, valiance and chivalry are the values instilled in Sir Gawain. He is a respected knight due to these characteristics. Both Sir Gawain and The Green Knight and in "The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnell" present these qualities of Sir Gawain. In both tales, he proves these traits through many events. Sir Gawain and The Green Knight proves Sir Gawain’s nobility and honesty while "The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnell" provides proof of his chivalry and virtue....   [tags: Knights Character Analysis Essays] 857 words
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Care Ethicist and Virtue Theorist - Care Ethicist and Virtue Theorist      In my film analysis I will be discussing some of the fourteen principles of a satisfactory moral system and a good ethical decision. I will also discuss how some of the characters use the theory of care ethicist (care ethicist is to treat others as a human being fairly or equally) and virtue theorist (virtue theorist is doing the hard thing). My movie analysis is on John Q.      John Q. Archibald (care ethicists) is an ordinary man who works at a factory and takes care of his family....   [tags: essays research papers] 1264 words
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The Ideas of Virtue Ethics - The Ideas of Virtue Ethics In an attempt to revive the ideas of virtue ethics, many philosophers have expressed their criticisms of so-called "modern ethical theories." Some examples are as follows. Pincoffs presents his idea that modern ethical theory (MET) reduces ethics to resolution of quandaries. Williams explains his idea that MET focuses on only a particular, peculiar variety of ethical thought called "morality." Stocker claims that MET lead to "moral schizophrenia." And Wolf claims MET embodies the idea of a moral saint....   [tags: Papers] 1229 words
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Morality, Virtue and the Public Figure - Morality, Virtue and the Public Figure Introduction According to the dictionary Grand Robert, the term “public” means “what concerns people as a whole and what belongs to the social or political community and is done in its name”; a public figure is defined as “a person who is invested with an official function or plays an important role in the social or political life of his or her country”. In relation to these definitions, it is possible to identify different categories of public figures with more or less important roles : a political figure such as a government Minister who creates laws and take important decisions for his country; an intellectual and a "star" who is defined as "an artistic performer or athlete whose leading role or superior performance is acknowledged" (www.dictionary.com)....   [tags: Business Management Studies] 2076 words
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Virtue in Frankenstein by Mary Shelley - Virtue in Frankenstein by Mary Shelley In the book Frankenstein Virtue is found at the margins of society more often than at its center. If this is so, Victor Frankenstein's Monster is a real find. His creature is an isolate of great sensitivity, kindness, and insight. In reality the Monster was not a bad person. He is quite distress and asks Victor, "What was I. Of my creation I was absolutely ignorant: but I knew that I possessed no money, no friends, no kind of property.... Was I then a monster, a blot upon the earth from which all men fled, and whom all men disowned?" (Shelley 89)....   [tags: Papers] 436 words
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Vice Virtue Essay - Vice Virtue Essay After viewing the films Remember the Titans and Seven in class it made me realize all of the things in the media swirling around vice and virtue. Nearly everything we use as entertainment in the media revolves around these seven cardinal sins, the vices, and the seven cardinal virtues. The truth is our society today thrives on these things; many times we will not watch or listen to something that is all good, the evil is needed to supplement the entertainment factor. Our society enjoys watching struggle and violence....   [tags: Good vs. Evil Argumentative] 830 words
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Banquo's Virtue in Shakespeare's Macbeth - Banquo's Virtue in Macbeth      The Bard of Avon creates some truly mean and ugly characters in the persons of the Macbeths, but he creates a counterpart to them in the character of Banquo. This military man will be the subject of this essay.   In Everybody's Shakespeare: Reflections Chiefly on the Tragedies, Maynard Mack explains how the Bard upgraded the Holinshed version of Banquo:   His [King James] family, the Stuarts, claimed descent from Banquo, and it is perhaps on this account that Shakespeare departs from Holinshed, in whose narrative Banquo is Macbeth's accomplice in the assassination of Duncan, to insist on his "royalty of nature" and the "dauntless temper of his mind" (3.1.50)....   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Hamlet Virtue vs. Villainy - Hamlet Virtue vs. Villainy    The legendary drama, Hamlet, written by William Shakespeare is a play illustrating the theme of virtue vs. villainy. The 17th century tragedy is plagued with treachery and deceit as it opens with the news of a foul murder in the kingdom of Denmark. Prince Hamlet, by word of his late father's ghost, is informed that his uncle Claudius is to blame for his father's sudden demise. Prince Hamlet's mission is to uncover the secrets surrounding the murder and to avenge his father's death....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Othello and the Virtue of Love - Othello and the Virtue of Love        The love of the protagonist and his wife in William Shakespeare’s trgedy Othello can not stand up against the repeated assaults of the sinister Iago. Let us in this essay search for and comment on the examples of love found in the play.   Helen Gardner in “Othello: A Tragedy of Beauty and Fortune” highlights the love between the hero and his beloved:   The love between Othello and Desdemona is a great venture of faith. He is free; she achieves her freedom, and at a great cost....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]
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Heroic Virtue in Othello - Heroic Virtue in Othello         William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello puts on exhibit an obvious hero and other not-so-obvious heroes. Let us examine them all in this essay.   The supreme type of hero in this play did not occur overnight to the playwright. Rather he slowly built upon one hero after another in his plays until his work culminated in the Moor. A. C. Bradley, in his book of literary criticism, Shakespearean Tragedy, describes the development of the Shakespearean super-hero in Othello:   And with this change goes another, an enlargement in the stature of the hero....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Sade animates Newtonian virtue - Sade animates Newtonian virtue Sade integrated 18th century French materialism into his work at a such an elemental level that it is no exaggeration to say, as we will show here, that his pornography dramatises it directly. I will further argue that there is a strongly moral tone to his materialism : that characters are expected to practise what they preach, and to believe in their value system. The last part of my paper will look at how the opposing value system, Christianity, is satirised through the figure of Justine and that of the passive victims in general....   [tags: French Literature Papers] 3763 words
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Vice or Virtue in The Scarlet Letter - Vice or Virtue in The Scarlet Letter Hawthorn's Novel, The Scarlet Letter, is brimming with many vivid symbols, the most apparent of which is the scarlet letter "A", that Hester Prynne is made to wear upon her chest. Throughout the novel, hawthorn presents the scarlet letter to the reader in a variety of ways. Yet an important question emerges, as the life of Hester Prynne is described, which deals with the affects that both the scarlet letter and Hester have on each other. There is no clear-cut answer to this question, as many examples supporting both arguments can be found throughout the novel....   [tags: Papers] 677 words
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Nature vs. Nurture: Which is the Origin of Virtue? - A classic debated topic of nurture versus nature has been and always will be an argumentative subject in the scientific world. Some psychologists and scientists believe that one’s behavioral aspects originate only from the environmental factors of one’s upbringing, while other opposing specialists argue the outlook in science that agrees with the naturalist idea. The concept of naturalistic ideas supports that one’s genetic makeup, inherited from one’s parents, is the sole determining factor in one’s behavioral characteristics....   [tags: child development, psychology]
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