Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Virtue vs. Value
I pay a lot of attention to writers' use of "value." I prefer "virtue." Values are economic in nature. Virtues are ethical. All too often, especially amongst conservatives, but liberals have adopted the language as well, the term vales is used in refference to ethics. Statists love values. These they can judge and prioritize, reject whatever does not produce the greatest outcome. Virtues demand conformity regardless of practicality.