Lorenzo Greco

Hume and Virtue Ethics

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Keywords: Character, Hume, Neo-Aristotelians, Unity of the Virtues, Virtue Ethics.

In this paper I present some reasons in favour of an interpretation of Hume's moral philosophy as a brand new form of «virtue ethics». By discussing some specific issues within the secondary literature in favour and against this kind of reading, I argue that Hume offers better philosophical tools to redefine the basic notion of virtue ethics than the neo-Aristotelian alternative. In particular, I maintain that the strength of Hume's proposal lays in its pointing toward the unity of character instead of the unity of the virtues. This allows Hume to develop a nonfinalistic, secular and pluralistic morality in which the individuality of people is seen as a central value to be promoted.

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