"Ethics" - Aristotle on Personal Responsibility Essay by The Research Group

"Ethics" - Aristotle on Personal Responsibility
Review of Aristotle's "Ethics" with an emphasis on personal responsibility and moral culpability.
# 18072 | 675 words | 1 source | 1990 | US
Published on Feb 23, 2003 in Philosophy (Ancient Greek) , Philosophy (Ethics)

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"In the Nichomachean Ethics, Aristotle carefully considers the issue of responsibility and finds that the human being is indeed responsible for his or her actions and may be morally culpable even for unintended consequences. This applies both to the private conduct of individuals and to the conduct of legislators acting for the public good. For Aristotle, acting unjustly is tantamount to wishing to act unjustly. 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 that the individual is born with the ability to differentiate between good and evil. For Aristotle, it does not matter whether the individual is born capable of differentiating good from evil or that this is ingrained by society over time as the individual grows."

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