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Virtue
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1. Approaches

Ethics is often thought of as a battleground between two competing notions of the good. The first strives to find a universal foundation by identifying actions that are always right or always wrong. This approach is sometimes called deontological ethics (Deontology). But debate starts as soon as someone utters the words “it depends.” It is constantly pointed out that an action that in some circumstances may be very fitting may in other circumstances be dis…

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Wells, Samuel, “Virtue”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 01 December 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_V.12>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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