Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesPhilosophy · 10 years ago

Philosophy homework: what is virtue?

This is for my philosophy homework.

What is virtue?


What are the benefits of it?

What are the disadvantages?

Thanks in advance.


I wasn't trying to get easy answers for my homework, I was struggling on understanding what virtue is, and my teacher prefers us not to use wikipedia. I was hoping for an answer that made it easier for my to understand ¬¬

7 Answers

  • 10 years ago
    Favourite answer

    According to Wikipedia, Virtue is defined as "A virtue is a trait or quality deemed to be morally excellent and thus is valued as a foundation of principle and good moral being." Examples of Virtues are:

    * ability

    * acceptance

    * altruism

    * assertiveness

    * attention, focus

    * autonomy

    * awareness

    * balance

    * benevolence

    * candor

    * caring

    * caution

    * charity

    * chastity

    * citizenship

    * cleanliness

    * commitment

    * compassion

    * confidence

    * conscientiousness

    * consideration

    * contentment

    * cooperativeness

    * courage

    * courteousness

    * creativity

    * curiosity

    * dependability

    * detachment

    * determination

    * diligence

    * discernment

    * ethical egoism

    * empathy

    * encouragement

    * endurance

    * enthusiasm

    * equanimity

    * fairness

    * faithfulness, fidelity

    * flexibility

    * foresight

    * forgiveness

    * fortitude

    * friendliness

    * generosity

    * gentleness

    * goodness

    * gratitude, appreciation

    * helpfulness

    * honesty

    * honor

    * hopefulness

    * hospitality

    * humility

    * humor

    * impartiality

    * independence

    * individualism

    * industriousness

    * integrity

    * intuition

    * inventiveness

    * justice

    * kindness

    * knowledge

    * logic

    * lovingness

    * loyalty

    * meekness

    * mercy

    * moderation

    * modesty

    * morality

    * nonviolence

    * nurturing

    * obedience

    * openness

    * optimism

    * order

    * patience

    * peacefulness

    * perseverance

    * philomathy

    * piety

    * potential

    * poverty

    * prudence

    * purity

    * purposefulness

    * reason

    * readiness

    * remembrance

    * resilience

    * respectfulness

    * responsibility

    * restraint, self control

    * reverence

    * salubrity

    * self-awareness

    * self-confidence

    * self-discipline

    * self-reliance

    * self-respect

    * sensitivity

    * service

    * sharing

    * sincerity

    * spirituality

    * strength

    * sympathy

    * tactfulness

    * temperance

    * tenacity

    * thankfulness

    * thoughtfulness

    * trustworthiness

    * truthfulness

    * understanding

    * unity

    * unselfishness

    * vigilance

    * wisdom

    * wit

    Benefits of having virtues are that you seem like a morally excellent person to lots of people, and could rationally be deemed superior to those who do not possess a certain virtue. Of course, this depends on your definition of "superior", and the criteria you judge being "superior" along.

    The disadvantages are that you might only act along the characteristics of that or those virtues, and thus make yourself predictable. Also, certain people might dislike you or even hate you because of the virtues you are believed to possess, and not bother getting to know you.

    Source(s): (I copied and pasted the definition for virtue, and all of the virtues listed, it was that easy)
  • 10 years ago

    Virtue is any Social behavior that conveys a survival advantage on the Group.

    Like Loyalty.

    The advantage is that Loyal people make better more effective soldiers. Your chance of winning is better if someone has your back.

    The disadvantage is virtuous behavior towards the non virtuous. If you give your time, energy & personal risk to protect your countryman & they do not return the favor. Then you are 'paying' for a Social benefit you do not receive. The un-virtuous receive a benefit they do not pay for.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    What type of terrible Philosophy teacher gives homework that forces the student to answer questions like that?! Those are not 'right' and 'wrong' concepts. Either your teacher wants your opinion or that teacher should be reported to the Board of Education.

    Source(s): 13 years as a professor of Philosophy
  • B0X
    Lv 6
    10 years ago

    The seven cardinal virtues were divided into the natural (justice, prudence, temperance, fortitude) and the theological (hope, faith, charity).

    Now, just imagine what would happen without justice.

    The Education System sucks!0!

    God Bless America!

  • What do you think of the answers? You can sign in to give your opinion on the answer.
  • 10 years ago

    here are the meanings

    Virtue in this day and age is a word fast becoming obsolete and meaning nothing.A disadvantage in a world where no1 ME. It assures you get stepped on and pushed around.

    On the other hand the advantage of it is that it gives you a sense of worthiness and well being that you have ideals and live up to them.

    Virtue cannot be summed up in a few sentences.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Wikipedia is your best friend. Stop trying to get easy answers by having us do your homework for you.

  • 10 years ago

    I find no virtue in doing your homework.

Still have questions? Get answers by asking now.