On the Unity of Moral and Intellectual Virtues
Cassie Finley (Pacific University)

March 1, 2024, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Philosophy Department, Lewis & Clark College

John R. Howard Hall 202
615 S Palatine Hill Rd
Portland 97219
United States

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March 1st, 2024 3:30 - 5:00pm PST

Since the revival of virtue ethics in the mid-20th century, there has been increasing interest in virtue theories within epistemology, aesthetics, political philosophy, philosophy of education, and beyond. Moving beyond virtue ethics’ focus on moral virtues, this aretaic turn in philosophy has led to the proliferation of putatively distinct kinds of virtues. However, relatively little has been said about how to understand the relationship between these kinds of virtues within contemporary virtue theories. I articulate a number of different potential relationships between moral and intellectual virtues, before turning to argue that a unified account of moral and intellectual virtues follows from an understanding of virtues as excellent, reliably motivated character traits. In addition to reintegrating virtue scholarship across domains, this proposed unity of virtues has significant implications within the context of virtue education.

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