May 16, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Are there paths of least difficulty or risk in the moral adventure that a moral traveler can take? Are there well-worn paths that others have taken, or must the traveler make unique paths alone? Following the leads from the meeting "Stylized Action" (Jan. 10), we will discuss next virtues and vices. What are they?
The main challenge to understanding virtues and vices is to understand what their relationships are to an ethical system. Are virtues even necessary; are vices necessarily discommended? Can an ethical system be complete without them? Among systems that accommodate them, can a virtue in one system turn out to be a vice in another? How are virtues and vices to be evaluated? How do they relate to actions, to values, to the passions, to reason, to other virtues and vices? Are there multiply many virtues and many vices, or is there but one virtue, one vice? How is one to acquire virtue; how is one to lose vice?