Practical Virtue Ethics

Tim LeBon
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Stoicism and other virtue ethics philosophy say that to be a good person we need to exercise the virtues. One way of doing this is to remind ourselves of situations which call for virtue, and consider which virtue is called for. As the Stoic philosopher Epictetus said "On every occasion when something happens to you, remember to turn to yourself to see what capacity you have for dealing with it". This quiz could be part of your daily morning routine to help you prepare for the day.

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Question 1

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You walk past a well-known fast food chain and imagine taking a bite of their most tasty product. However you are overweight and know that this is not, on balance, a good idea. What virtue do you need?
Answer
  • Courage
  • Justice
  • Practical Wisdom
  • Self-control

Question 2

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In a meeting at work you can see that a majority of people are in favour of a policy of which you disapprove. You are aware that voicing your view may make you unpopular and feel some discomfort about saying anything. What virtue is called for?
Answer
  • Wisdom
  • Justice
  • Courage
  • Self-control

Question 3

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Returning from work you are very tired and know that in similar occasions before you have got into unnecessary arguments. What virtue do you mostly need?
Answer
  • Practical Wisdom
  • Courage
  • Justice
  • Self-Control

Question 4

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Your partner has done the dishes yesterday and its your turn. It looks like they may have forgotten this as they start to do the dishes. What virtue is called for?
Answer
  • Practical Wisdom
  • Self-Control
  • Justice
  • Courage

Question 5

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You are frustrated by your partner's apparent inability to get ready on time. You have the thought "I cannot change them, I clearly haven't got control over them. However I have got control over myself and the way I think about it, and what I do. I must treat my partner's action as something I can't control and adjust to it, like I adjust to my inability to run a 4 minute mile." What virtue is being displayed?
Answer
  • Self-control
  • Wisdom
  • Justice
  • Courage