Colloquium: Self-Sacrifice in Virtue Ethics

Dr. Christopher Toner (Department of Philosophy)

Date & Time:

Thursday, November 2, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


MHC 205
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

It is generally thought that a willingness to sacrifice oneself is an important aspect of morality. This seems to provide grounds for an objection to eudaimonistic virtue ethics: Because that theory requires agents to direct all of their actions to the achievement of eudaimonia or flourishing, it seems that the theory rules out self-sacrifice. Dr. Toner argues that this is not the case, and that in fact the pursuit of eudaimonia, properly understood, is self-sacrifice.


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