Journal of Moral Philosophy 6 (1):50-69 (2009)

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Liezl Van Zyl
University of Waikato
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Agent-based accounts of virtue ethics, such as the one provided by Michael Slote, base the rightness of action in the motive from which it proceeds. A frequent objection to agent-basing is that it does not allow us to draw the commonsense distinction between doing the right thing and doing it for the right reasons, that is, between act-evaluation and agent-appraisal. I defend agent-basing against this objection, but argue that a more fundamental problem for this account is its apparent failure to provide adequate argue action guidance. I then show that this problem can be solved by supplementing an agent-based criterion of right action with a hypothetical-agent criterion of action guidance
Keywords VIRTUOUS MOTIVE   ACTION GUIDANCE   RIGHT ACTION   HYPOTHETICAL AGENT-BASED VIRTUE ETHICS   AGENT-BASED VIRTUE ETHICS
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DOI 10.1163/174552409X365928
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