Most advocates of a MacIntyrian or Aristotelian virtue-ethics might not immediately agree. But consider: Most of our behavior, according to the virtue-ethicist, is in fact predetermined by previous determinations of the will, which usually result in observable patterns of repeated action, eventually becoming habits. These habits significantly determine, and even allow others to predict, a given individual’s actions. So oddly, virtue-ethics as an explanation of human behavior can hold its own among competing determinist accounts of human behavior.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 10:55 AM