Virtue is a condition of a person’s character. According to virtue ethics, the virtuous person is committed to doing only what is right in a situation; thus, doing the right thing is the obvious choice among options. Because immoral courses of action are ruled out, decision making is quickened. Virtuous persons do not merely have good intentions; they have the ability to act on them. People who manage to be consistently ethical are likely to have virtue to some degree. Those who knowingly act immorally lack virtue. Those who cannot tell the difference between wrong and right lack virtue.

Whether virtue is a set of qualities or just one, whether virtue is a permanent state of character or a temporary condition, whether virtue is the result ...

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