Title

Virtue Ethics and Repugnant Conclusions

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2005

Abstract

Both utilitarian and deontological moral theories locate the source of our moral beliefs in the wrong sorts of considerations. One way this failure manifests itself, we argue, is in the ways these theories analyze the proper human relationship toward the non-human environment. Another, more notorious, manifestation of this failure is found in Derek Parfit's Repugnant Conclusion. Our goal is to explore the connection between these two failures, and to suggest that they are failures of act-centered moral theories in general. As such, they cannot be fixed by simply developing a better version of such a theory. Virtue-based theories, we suggest, provide a more promising alternative.

Notes

Available at University of San Diego Copley Library

Call number GF21 .E58 2005

Publication Information

© 2005 Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Published in final form at:

Matt Zwolinski and David Schmidtz, “Virtue Ethics and Repugnant Conclusions,” in Philip Cafaro and Ronald Sandler, eds., Environmental Virtue Ethics, (New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2005), pp. 107-117.