Organon F

Volume 27, November 2020, Issue 4, Pages 539–555

ISSN 2585-7150 (online) ISSN 1335-0668 (print)

Research Article

Defending the Good Dog Picture of Virtues

Andrei Ionuţ Mărăşoiu


I consider and reject a specific criticism advanced by Korsgaard against virtue ethics and epistemology when these are conceived with the help of what she calls the image of the “Good Dog.” I consider what virtue ethics and epistemology would look like if the Good Dog picture of virtues were largely correct. I argue that attention to the features that make Korsgaard undermine the usefulness of virtues when conceived along the lines of the Good Dog picture reveals the opposite of what she claims. On the Good Dog picture, virtue ethics and epistemology are seen as more promising approaches to rationality than Korsgaard’s own advocacy of reflection.


Experience; expertise; fluency; intellectual virtue; moral virtue; necessitation; normativity; rationality; reflection.

Author(s) and affiliation(s)


Andrei Ionuţ Mărăşoiu


Institutul de Cercetare al Universității din București (ICUB)


Str. Dr. Dimitrie Brândză nr. 1, Bucureşti, România 060102


About this article


28 October 2019


3 August 2020

Published online

27 October 2020


Institute of Philosophy of the Slovak Academy of Sciences

Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Cite as


Mărăşoiu, A.I. (2020). Defending the Good Dog Picture of Virtues. Organon F27(4), 539–555.


Mărăşoiu, Andrei Ionuţ. 2020. "Defending the Good Dog Picture of Virtues." Organon F 27 (4): 539–555.


Mărăşoiu, A.I.  (2020). Defending the Good Dog Picture of Virtues. Organon F, 27(4), pp. 539–555.

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