The Journal of Ethics

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 191-207

First online:

Is Virtue Ethics Self-Effacing?

  • Glen PettigroveAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy, University of Auckland Email author 

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Thomas Hurka, Simon Keller, and Julia Annas have recently argued that virtue ethics is self-effacing. I contend that these arguments are rooted in a mistaken understanding of the role that ideal agency and agent flourishing (should) play in virtue ethics. I then show how a virtue ethical theory can avoid the charge of self-effacement and why it is important that it do so.


Justification Normative ethics Self-effacement Virtue ethics