Virtue Ethicss


What is virtue ethics? What are the advantages and disadvantages of virtue ethics. Can virtue ethics be used to guide our actions? If so, how?

Please use the Nicomachean Ethics book as a primary source, specifically Book 2.
Also, use the book The Elements of Moral Philosophy- Seventh Edition by James Rachels as another source… Chapter 12 will help a lot for information to include
And any other source possible.


Virtue ethics is one the three major theories of normative ethics. The two pioneers behind virtues ethics are Aristotle and Plato. Plato argued that being virtuous entails having a clear view of the form of the virtue. On the other hand, Aristotle rejected this position in favour of a naturalistic one. Virtues can be compared to skills and are acquired through proper upbringing.  Aristotle identified some virtues and they include: courage, temperance, wittiness, friendliness, modesty, righteous, indignation, truthfulness, patience, ambition, magnanimity, magnificence, and liberality (Adams 67). The cardinal vices are pride, lust, envy, gluttony, anger, sloth and pride. This paper examines the disadvantages and advantages of the virtue ethics theory.