Virtue

Any disposition of character that is desirable; the opposite of vice.

In Moral Theory, virtues are those dispositions, or tendencies toward action, that make one a good (i.e., virtuous) person.

Some generally recognized virtues are truthfulness, moderation, courage, beneficence, and reliability.

Cardinal, or chief, virtues are found in many cultures. For example, St. Paul establishes faith, hope, and charity as cardinal virtues for those wishing to be identified as followers of Jesus. Socrates held that there were five cardinal virtues:

(See Aretaic Ethics)