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Virtues
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Systematic treatment of virtue (Gk ἀρετή/aretḗ; Lat. virtus) goes back to Plato and Aristotle, who built on Socrates (Krämer); it was further advanced by the Stoics. It is based on the conviction that the good life consists in focusing on happiness through attainment of a highest good. Therefore the classical versions of virtue ethics always combined theoretical and practical elements. According to Plato, insight into the categorial uniqueness of the idea of the good vis-à-vis all possible goods, which results from knowledge of what truly has being, gro…

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Stock, Konrad, “Virtues”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_125191>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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