Australasian Journal of Philosophy 96 (2):241-254 (2018)

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Nicholas Ryan Smith
Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY)
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I argue in favour of the central claim of virtue-ethical accounts of right action: that right action is virtuous action. First, I disambiguate this claim and argue for a specific interpretation of it. Second, I provide reasons to prefer target-centred over both agent-centred and motive-centred accounts of virtuous action. Third, I argue that an action is right if, only if, and because it is overall virtuous. Finally, I respond to important arguments to the contrary.
Keywords virtuous action  right action  virtue ethics  deontology  consequentialism
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