David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
International Journal of Philosophical Studies 7 (3):305 – 322 (1999)
This paper is a detailed study of what are traditionally called the cardinal virtues: prudence, justice, temperance and fortitude. I defend what I call the Cardinality Thesis, that the traditional four and no others are cardinal. I define cardinality in terms of three sub-theses, the first being that the cardinal virtues are jointly necessary for the possession of every other virtue, the second that each of the other virtues is a species of one of the four cardinals, and the third that many of the other virtues are also auxiliaries of one or more cardinals. I provide abstract arguments for each sub-thesis, followed by illustration from concrete cases. I then use these results to shed light on the two fundamental problems of the acquisition of the virtues and their unity, proving some further theses in the latter case.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Rafael Morales-Sánchez & Carmen Cabello-Medina (2013). The Role of Four Universal Moral Competencies in Ethical Decision-Making. Journal of Business Ethics 116 (4):717-734.
Similar books and articles
Tobias Hoffmann (2008). Walter Chatton on the Connection of the Virtues. Quaestio 8 (1):57–82.
David G. Attfield (1978). Problems with Virtues. Journal of Moral Education 7 (2):75-80.
Thomas (2005). Thomas Aquinas: Disputed Questions on the Virtues. Cambridge University Press.
Christoph Jedan (2009). Stoic Virtues: Chrysippus and the Religious Character of Stoic Ethics. Continuum.
John Casey (1990). Pagan Virtue: An Essay in Ethics. Oxford University Press.
David W. Mann (1997). The Virtues in Psychiatric Practice. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 18 (1-2).
Jan Steutel & Ben Speicker (1997). Rational Passions and Intellectual Virtues, A Conceptual Analysis. Studies in Philosophy and Education 16 (1/2):59-71.
Robert C. Roberts (1992). Emotions Among the Virtues of the Christian Life. Journal of Religious Ethics 20 (1):37 - 68.
Jean Porter (1993). The Unity of the Virtues and the Ambiguity of Goodness: A Reappraisal of Aquinas's Theory of the Virtues. Journal of Religious Ethics 21 (1):137 - 163.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads28 ( #61,806 of 1,100,989 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #290,065 of 1,100,989 )
How can I increase my downloads?