Agent-based theories of right action

Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 9 (5):505 - 515 (2006)
In this paper, I develop an objection to agent-based accounts of right action. Agent-based accounts of right action attempt to derive moral judgment of actions from judgment of the inner quality of virtuous agents and virtuous agency. A moral theory ought to be something that moral agents can permissibly use in moral deliberation. I argue for a principle that captures this intuition and show that, for a broad range of other-directed virtues and motives, agent-based accounts of right action fail to satisfy this principle.
Keywords Moral deliberation   Moral evaluation   Right action   Virtues
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DOI 10.2307/27504422
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