Why Human Beings Need the Virtues

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Essay #: 056231
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Why Human Beings Need the Virtues
This paper looks at Alasdair Macintyre’s book, Dependent Rational Beings: Why human beings need the virtues. In so doing, the paper will discover that human beings need the virtues because we are all dependent beings who rely upon the good will of others; a world without kindness or decency is a world that will eventually give way to cruelty and to every person thinking only of himself or herself – which is the exact worst thing that can happen in light of the fact that we may all be susceptible at some point. Additionally, there is evidence that animals, even if they cannot articulate themselves as we can, are very much capable of virtuous or ethical conduct in the sense that they exercise empathy towards...
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