Abstract

Contemporary virtue ethicists have attempted to offer a virtue-based account of right action. However, such an account is faced by a daunting challenge, the ‘supererogation problem’ as it may be called. Since what a virtuous person would characteristically do is often beyond the scope of moral duty, virtue ethics seems to have difficulty in accommodating the distinction between obligation and supererogation. This essay aims to meet this challenge by recommending a Confucian virtue theory of supererogation.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1898
Print ISSN
0031-8221
Pages
pp. 328-341
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-28
Open Access
No
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