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virtue

 [vir´choo]
in bioethics, a trait of character that disposes a person habitually to excellence of intent and performance with respect to the telos proper to life as a human being or to a specific activity or role in life. Some virtues (such as cleanliness) are important socially rather than morally. (See also morality.) Virtues in medicine include trustworthiness, compassion, phronesis, justice, fortitude, temperance, integrity, and self-effacement.
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According to this view of flourishing, a person's most basic aim is not simply to live a successful human life as such, but to live a successful version of the kind of life that she is characteristically motivated to seek by virtue of her individual core traits.
Although Slote holds that one advantage shared by virtue ethics and direct utilitarianism is a commitment to equal concern for self and others, this equal concern is not the same in the two theories.
2) Someone can have a stake by virtue of occupying a social role.
In the quotation on humanity's two types of happiness cited in section one, Aquinas begins by claiming that it is by virtue that a person is led to those acts ordering him or her toward happiness.