Virtue Ethics: A Misleading Category?

  title={Virtue Ethics: A Misleading Category?},
  author={Martha Craven Nussbaum},
  journal={The Journal of Ethics},
  • M. Nussbaum
  • Published 1 December 1999
  • Philosophy
  • The Journal of Ethics
Virtue ethics is standardly taught and discussed as a distinctive approach to the major questions of ethics, a third major position alongside Utilitarian and Kantian ethics. I argue that this taxonomy is a confusion. Both Utilitarianism and Kantianism contain treatments of virtue, so virtue ethics cannot possibly be a separate approach contrasted with those approaches. There are, to be sure, quite a few contemporary philosophical writers about virtue who are neither Utilitarians nor Kantians… 
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