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I am curious about virtues - specifically, have philosophers attempted to rank them? In the sense that kindness might be considered a better virtue than courage because of x, y, and z.
Is there clear agreement about what constitutes a virtue?
Where are some good online sources about virtues which would help me answer my questions?
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The stoics are my favorite, and they do have four "cardinal" virtues which sort of trump or encompass all others, namely:
wisdom, courage, temperance and justice.
So, as I consider what action might be most virtuous in making my selection at the buffet, courage does not seem to be required, while temperance seems to be at the forefront, with wisdom and justice somewhere in between.
For a source, I would go to the Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy and search for "virtue ethics".