The Ethics Of Virtue Ethics

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Although Hursthouse accepts that virtue ethics ‘…cannot tell us what we should do’, she nonetheless reasons in a different way to show how virtue ethics aids us. Furthermore, Hursthouse would refute virtue ethics being insufficiently action-guiding because we have v-rules in the form of virtues and vices to provide action-guidance (Hursthouse, 1999).
Elizabeth Anscombe in ‘Modern Moral Philosophy’ (1958) also contributed to virtue ethics and put forward the idea that modern moral philosophy is misguided, asking if there can be any moral laws if there is no God. In turn questioning what does right and wrong even mean without a lawgiver? Her approach argued for a return to Aristotelian ethics, specifically on his idea of eudaimonia of ‘human flourishing’, the end goal all humans seek to achieve (where no God is depended on) (Oliphant, 2014), (Skorupski, 2010)
However, it can be argued that both Kantian Ethics and Utilitarianism do not depend on a God, yet are still considered as act-based theories. Anscombe argued back stating how act-based ethics do not make sense, this is because they ignore beliefs which no-one holds anymore (Skorupski, 2010).
Anscombe claimed that the ethical life concerns more than moral requirements and obligations. Hence, important questions regarding value and virtue about what to feel and think are just moral options that are not compulsory to follow. Therefore, Anscombe would argue it is not a question of virtue ethics being insufficiently…

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