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Single Idea 7093

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / D. Deontological Ethics / 2. Duty]

Full Idea

It is surely possible, and indeed often the case, that people who violate no duty nevertheless behave in an inhumane and a disgusting manner.

Gist of Idea

Behaviour may be disgusting or inhumane, but violate no duty


Daniel Statman (Introduction to Virtue Ethics [1997], 1)

Book Reference

'Virtue Ethics', ed/tr. Statman,Daniel [Edinburgh 1997], p.7

A Reaction

This seems right, though it is easier to be disgusting than to be inhumane if no duty is to be violated. Social duties may not require a high degree of humanity, pure Kantian duties might.