Against Moral Character Evaluations: The Undetectability of Virtue and Vice

  title={Against Moral Character Evaluations: The Undetectability of Virtue and Vice},
  author={Peter B. M. Vranas},
  journal={The Journal of Ethics},
  • P. B. Vranas
  • Published 10 June 2009
  • Philosophy
  • The Journal of Ethics
I defend the epistemic thesis that evaluations of people in terms of their moral character as good, bad, or intermediate are almost always epistemically unjustified. (1) Because most people are fragmented (they would behave deplorably in many and admirably in many other situations), one’s prior probability that any given person is fragmented should be high. (2) Because one’s information about specific people does not reliably distinguish those who are fragmented from those who are not, one’s… 

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