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An Aristotle-based Explanation of Virtue Ethics with Regard to Nazi’s Courage and Unity of Virtue

  • Journal of Humanities
  • 2022, (86), pp.213-238
  • DOI : 10.31310/HUM.086.06
  • Publisher : Institute for Humanities
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : July 11, 2022
  • Accepted : July 19, 2022
  • Published : August 31, 2022

Jang Dong-ik 1

1공주교육대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper is aimed at looking for a way to maintain the unity of virtue without compromising the characteristics of virtue. Section 2, while discussing the issue of whether the bravery of a Nazi soldier can be a virtue, will explain what difficulties could arise in asserting the unity of virtue. Section 3 will suggest the conditions for the unity of virtue according to each condition and at the same time examine the characteristics of the unity of virtue. Besides, it will also present three viewpoints of the unity of virtue: an ontological, a semantic, and a theoretical perspective. This study will suggest that, of the three viewpoints, the condition for the unity of virtue from the theoretical point of view is the most reasonable in virtue ethics. In section 4,this paper will show that Aristotle’s unity of virtue has a special relation to practical wisdom, and thus corresponds to a theoretical view of the unity of virtue. In section 5, as a conclusion, it will be discussed that the confusion and difficulties arising from the unity of virtue can be resolved by distinguishing the ‘natural virtue’ and ‘virtue in the strict sense’.

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