"Nicomachean Ethics" ( Aristotle ) Analytical Essay by The Research Group

"Nicomachean Ethics" ( Aristotle )
Examines ideas on what makes a moral or immoral individual. Discusses action, habit, education and gives an example (Charles Manson).
# 14143 | 1,350 words | 1 source | 1999 | US
Published on Feb 06, 2003 in Philosophy (Ancient Greek) , English (Analysis)


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"Aristotle, in Nicomachean Ethics, argues that the individual of moral virtue possesses and demonstrates in his behavior certain qualities (self-control, generosity, courage, magnificence, wisdom, gentleness, truthfulness, etc.). The individual comes to possess such morally virtuous qualities of thought and behavior not merely through some innate quality, but through habitual action, just as the morally vicious person comes to possess qualities of vice through habitually vicious actions.

To possess the virtue of wisdom, in other words, is to take an action of wisdom again and again. To possess the vice of self-indulgence, one takes self-indulgent actions repeatedly. Moral virtue is demonstrated not by an occasional act of wisdom, for example, but by repeated acts of wisdom:

Moral virtue . . . is formed by habit. . . . None of ..."

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