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Ignorance, humility and vice

Abstract:
LaFollette argues that the greatest vice is not cruelty, immorality, or selfishness. Rather, it is a failure on our part to ‘engage in frequent, honest and rigorous selfreflection’. It is that failure which, on his view, explains the lion’s share of the wrongdoings we commit towards one another. In this short reply, I raise (in a sympathetic spirit) some questions about the task of identifying the greatest vice, and draw out some of the implications of LaFollette’s account of moral ignorance.
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
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Publisher:
University of Oxford, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics
Journal:
Journal of Practical Ethics More from this journal
Volume:
4
Issue:
2
Pages:
25-30
Publication date:
2016-12-01
Acceptance date:
2016-12-01
ISSN:
2051-655X
Pubs id:
pubs:668667
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uuid:fea104ca-fa68-4cb7-83fc-55812f223546
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pubs:668667
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668667
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2017-01-09

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