Utrum Sit Una Tantum Vera Enumeratio Virtutum Moralium

Chappell, Sophie Grace (2018). Utrum Sit Una Tantum Vera Enumeratio Virtutum Moralium. Metaphilosophy, 49(3) pp. 207–215.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/meta.12293


As its Latin title says, this article inquires whether there is a single correct list of the moral virtues. Virtue ethics tells us to “act in accordance with the virtues” but can often be accused, for example in Aristotle's Ethics, of helping itself without argument to an account of what the virtues are. This paper is, stylistically, an affectionate tribute to the Angelic Doctor, and it works with a correspondingly Thomistic background and approach. It argues for the view that there is at least one correct list of the virtues, and that we can itemise at least seven items in the list, namely, the four cardinal and the three theological virtues.

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