Duties and Virtues
Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement , Volume 35, PP. 107-120.
By Onora O'Neill
Duty and virtue are no longer the common coin of daily conversation.
Both terms strike many of us as old-fashioned and heavy handed. Yet we
incessantly talk about what ought and ought not to be done, and about
the sorts of persons we admire or despise. As soon as we talk in these
ways we discuss topics traditionally dealt with under the headings of
duty and of virtue. If we no longer use these terms, it may be because
we associate them with heavily moralistic approaches to life, with
obsolete codes and ideals, with ‘Victorian’ values and attitudes,
rather than because the concerns our predecessors discussed in these
terms have vanished from our lives.
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