Although what I have offered is far from a geometric proof, I have tried to show that the combined resources of Thomistic action analysis, theological and philosophical anthropology, and virtue theory
offer a powerful explanation for the basic teaching of the much-contested encyclical HV.
(7) For example, Aristotelian virtue theory
(8) emphasizes the reciprocal relationship between an agent's character and his or her action.
Thomas's analysis of the virtue of studiositas and the vice of curiositas establishes an interconnection between the intellectual and the moral, the way in which knowledge is "self-implicating." Yet there is an important disparity between Zagzebski's contemporary virtue theory
and Aquinas's view.
The second form, which he suggests is possessed by his version of virtue theory
, involves equal concern for the agent and others considered as a class.
As we have seen, the goal or target or aim of virtue theory
in ethics is to produce a good and flourishing human person.
By incorporating striking modern exemplars and discussions of the contemporary applications of Aquinas's virtue theory
, Austin succeeds in providing a holistic causal analysis of virtue that is conversant with the concerns of contemporary society.
McGrath refers to virtue theory
twice in his article, including a differentiation of character and skills development, and a comment about "essential elements of character" (p.
While virtue theory
, broadly considered, is the central approach to ethics for most of the thinkers throughout the Greek and Roman world, Aristotle's account is among the most prominent, and philosophers who come after him presuppose aspects of his view even when they attempt to depart from it.
The opening of this article explores historical trends in the development of virtue theory
that support this option.
Books on virtue ethics often have misleading titles that imply that growth of moral character is the topic at hand when in fact the book addresses specific virtues or virtue theory
explains how we can become more moral and perhaps why we would choose to do so.
John O'Neill (1998) contrasts Benson's virtue theory
model with the more commonly encountered false dichotomy between autonomy and heteronomy.