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Aristotle's "Nicomachean Ethics"
Aristotle's "Nicomachean Ethics" deals with, among other things, the distinction between moral and intellectual virtue. This discusses the distinction with a special emphasis on voluntary and involuntary actions.
# 18114 | 1,350 words | 1 source | 1990 | US
Published on Mar 11, 2003 in Philosophy (Ancient Greek) , Philosophy (Ethics)


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"In the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle carefully considers the issue of responsibility and finds that the human being is indeed responsible for his or her actions. In fact, humans may be morally culpable even for unintended consequences. However, Aristotle makes a distinction between moral virtue and intellectual virtue. The essential difference between the two is that intellectual virtue can be instilled by teaching in the course of life; moral virtue, however, does not work this way, and comes only through intended habits. In other words, in order to form moral virtue, the individual must consciously choose to act in a virtuous manner.


The individual is responsible both for his or her moral disposition and also for the manner in which moral questions are decided by him or her. Indeed, this is seen as a natural process so..."

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