Character and moral choice in the cultivation of virtue

Philosophy 78 (2):219-232 (2003)
  Copy   BIBTEX


It is central to virtue ethics both that morally sound action follows from virtuous character, and that virtuous character is itself the product of habitual right judgement and choice: that, in short, we choose our moral characters. However, any such view may appear to encounter difficulty in those cases of moral conflict where an agent cannot simultaneously act (say) both honestly and sympathetically, and in which the choices of agents seem to favour the construction of different moral characters. This paper argues, against possible counter-arguments, for a view of virtue ethics which embraces the diversity of moral character.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 91,102

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Virtue ethics, theory, and warrant.Garrett Cullity - 1999 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 2 (3):277-294.


Added to PP

99 (#164,843)

6 months
6 (#252,172)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Citations of this work

Character in teaching.David Carr - 2007 - British Journal of Educational Studies 55 (4):369-389.
Is gratitude a moral virtue?David Carr - 2015 - Philosophical Studies 172 (6):1475-1484.
Virtue, Practical Wisdom and Character in Teaching.Sandra Cooke & David Carr - 2014 - British Journal of Educational Studies 62 (2):91-110.

View all 12 citations / Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references