Aretaic appraisal and practical reasons

Michelle Mason

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When we criticize someone for being unjust, deceitful, or imprudent - or commend him as just, truthful, or wise - what is the content of our evaluation? On one way of thinking, evaluating agents in terms that employ aretaic concepts evaluates how they regulate their actions (and judgment-sensitive attitudes) in light of the reasons that bear on them. On this virtue-centered view of practical reasons appraisal, evaluations of agents in terms of ethical virtues (and vices) are, inter alia, evaluations of them as practical reasoners. Here I consider and respond to an objection that threatens to debunk the virtue-centered view.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)629-656
Number of pages28
JournalSouthern Journal of Philosophy
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2006

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