Argical Analysis Of Rosalind Hursthouse's Virtue Ethics

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In Rosalind Hursthouse’s essay on Virtue Ethics, she aims to create a new type of ethics that is classified as aristotelian in nature. Hursthouse’s model is more agent-based rather than action-based, which implies that it is based on the individual’s characteristics rather than the type of action implemented. Although her discussion on virtue ethics is both intriguing and important, Hursthouse's model falls short of being a viable ethical theory for several reasons. Firstly, the idea of agent-based ethics is a nice one in theory, but is not easily employable because of the individual standard of ethics that would be required to take ethical action. Secondly, in Hursthouse’s model for virtue ethics, people would need to be self aware enough…show more content…
She provides several examples of how these virtue ethics serve as a guidance tool, yet they cannot actually be applied to one’s own challenges. Instead, virtue ethics encourages us to ask a virtuous person for advice. Seeking such advice may be somewhat helpful in relieving our mind, but it does not ultimately provide us with the course of action that we need in order to get there. If moral philosophy cannot provide an algorithm for life's problems, then we might think that it should be purely descriptive. However, a complete description of every possible moral problem, or its solution, is not possible. So any moral theory can only offer a somewhat schematic view of moral life, albeit a very sophisticated one in Hursthouse's case. It seems inevitable that her view will strike some as still too simplified. From personal experience< I find that advice does not necessary help a person, as it is ultimately a person’s life experience that will provide the valuable lessons. I believe that the action steps far outweigh the guidance that an individual receives from others. A mentor has the capability to instruct others on which direction they should go, but it is ultimately the individual’s efforts and decision-making capability that will lead to the desired outcomes. In its application to Hursthouse’s argument, the virtue ethics are extremely constrained because they are

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