Virtue, skill and vice

Julia Annas

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It is widely accepted among philosophers and developmental psychologists that the acquisition of a virtue of an Aristotelian type can be illuminated by the acquisition of a practical skill. This model does not seem to fit the acquisition of a vice. The paper examines the issues involved and ways in which the skill model does and does not fit the acquisition of vice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)94-106
Number of pages13
JournalEtica e Politica
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2015


  • Aspiration
  • Habituation
  • Skill
  • Vice
  • Virtue

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science


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