Vices as Higher-level Evils1

@article{Hurka2001VicesAH,
  title={Vices as Higher-level Evils1},
  author={Thomas Hurka},
  journal={Utilitas},
  year={2001},
  volume={13},
  pages={195 - 212}
}
  • T. Hurka
  • Published 1 July 2001
  • Philosophy
  • Utilitas
This paper sketches an account of the intrinsic goodness of virtue and intrinsic evil of vice that can fit within a consequentialist framework. This ‘recursive account’ treats the virtues and vices as higher-level intrinsic values, ones that consist in, respectively, appropriate and inappropriate attitudes to other, lower-level values. After presenting the main general features of the account, the paper illustrates its strengths by showing how it illuminates a series of particular vices. In the… 
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