Keywords: Character, Hume, Neo-Aristotelians, Unity of the Virtues, Virtue Ethics.
In this paper I present some reasons in favour of an interpretation of Hume's
moral philosophy as a brand new form of «virtue ethics». By discussing some
specific issues within the secondary literature in favour and against this kind of
reading, I argue that Hume offers better philosophical tools to redefine the basic
notion of virtue ethics than the neo-Aristotelian alternative. In particular, I maintain
that the strength of Hume's proposal lays in its pointing toward the unity of
character instead of the unity of the virtues. This allows Hume to develop a nonfinalistic,
secular and pluralistic morality in which the individuality of people is
seen as a central value to be promoted.