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Virtue Ethics
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[German Version]

The word virtue denotes the epitome of moral powers that enable persons to shape their common living present through their own actions in the face of adversity, sickness, injustice, and guilt. Its opposite is vice. An adequate presentation of the phenomenon of virtue (Virtues) results from an overall ethical theory conceived neither as an ethics of duty (I. Kant) nor as virtue ethics in the strict sense but as an ethics of goods that integrates the perspectives of both duty and virtues (F.D.E. Schleiermacher, R. Rothe). Se…

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Stock, Konrad, “Virtue Ethics”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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