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The Relation Between Virtue and Happiness - What establishes a noble, valuable, enjoyable life. Many philosophers tried their own beliefs to these ancient and most persistent of philosophical question. Most of Philosophers have agreed that the best possible life is a life where the ideas of “virtue” and “happiness” are fulfilled. Nevertheless expected differences in terms, many great minds theorized that the road to a joyful, flourishing, happy life is paved with virtues. For example, Aristotle believed that anyone keen to live a virtuous life will reach happiness (Aristotle 1992)....   [tags: Virtue and Happiness Essays]
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History and literary virtue system - History and literary virtue system Virtue is considered as one of the most important trait in human beings. By definition, virtue is a sense of having moral excellence, adopting a form of goodness and righteousness. It involves depicting a behavior that shows a high level of moral standard. Literary virtue system in the society has come a long way. Different cultures in the entire human history have developed different views and perspectives in trying to understand the virtue system. Literary virtue is passed from one generation to another through various ways that are associated with literary works or other ways such as formal writing....   [tags: Human Traits, Literary Virtue]
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Can Virtue Be Taught? - In this paper, I will exam Plato’s idea of “virtue is knowledge” to understand “can virtue be taught”. In my opinion, Plato does not strictly proves “virtue is knowledge”; instead, he believes that “virtue is the gift of God”. “Can virtue be taught?” This is question Plato is trying to answer in Meno. This problem is important and serious, because its answer directly concerns a question about how we understand and position education. The reason for Plato making this question is related to his opposition to the wise men....   [tags: Plato, Virtue is knowledge, ideas]
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Benjamin Franklin Believed Moderation: Most Important Virtue of Life - ... Many people believe that suicide victims are infested with lies and don’t take caution to suicidal individuals. The National Institute of Mental Health have aware the citizens of United States in 2010 by warning “Most suicide attempts are expressions of extreme distress, not harmless bids for attention. A person who appears suicidal should not be left alone and needs immediate mental-health treatment. Studies showed that a type of psychotherapy called cognitive therapy reduced the rate of repeated suicide attempts by 50 percent during a year of follow-up6.” In our nation, many suicidal citizens are constantly trying to be accepted into modern society, this loses moderation and the inspir...   [tags: virtue, ethics, mental health]
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Aristotole's View that Virtue is the Ability to Know Good and Do Good - ... Some very good ways to instill proper morals into children is to be a positive role model from the very beginning to them. Take the time out to show them what is considered right and what is considered wrong. Some methods of teaching children good and positive morals are being lost in this modern day and age, such as going to church, or sitting down together and sharing a meal. Why is this happening. Simple, parents of today are forced into having both parents work because it is no longer a one-paycheck life style....   [tags: virtue, compassion, moral]
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The Virtuous Pamela of Virtue Rewarded - The Virtuous Pamela of Virtue Rewarded       Samuel Richardson began his literary career when two booksellers offered him the opportunity to amass a publication for unskilled letter writers. While preparing this volume, a small sequence of letters from a young lady asking her father's counsel when endangered by her master's advances, entranced him. His enthrallment resulted in a shift in his work. The result was the tome Pamela; Or, Virtue Rewarded. The book has been subject to much inquiry....   [tags: Virtue Rewarded Essays]
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Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded - Sexuality and the Morally Didactic Novel - Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded - Sexuality and the Morally Didactic Novel We have difficulties as a modern audience appreciating the social anxieties reflected in Pamela, especially those surrounding morality and valuation of individuals within the social framework. The radical stance of even using phrases such as virtue and 'fortune' to denote Pamela's virginity are themselves loaded with a questioning of the social stratification in which she resides. The term 'Fortune' is perhaps the most playful but problematic....   [tags: Pamela Virtue Rewarded Essays]
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The Virtue of Discrimination - The Virtue of Discrimination Discrimination is a word that has taken on a negative connotation in today's society. Since the beginning of the equal rights movement, the perceived meaning of the word discrimination has shifted from that of a useful virtue to one of an insulting, derogatory word. Robert Keith Miller wrote an essay for Newsweek in the summer of 1980 that focuses on the discrepancies in the use of the word discrimination. “Discrimination Is a Virtue” points out the differences in the dictionary’s definition of the word discrimination and the perceived societal definition of the word....   [tags: Virtues Discriminate Essays] 1051 words
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Ambition as a Virtue - ... So you see, not all ambition is selfish and distracting we just have chosen to look at the negative aspects of this vital virtue; legitimate ambition change lives for the better and keeps the world moving forward. All in All, ambition has laid the very foundation for the entire globe and is still very evident in our world today. Even though there are thousands of legitimate examples of ambition nearly everywhere, humanity have lost our drive for excellence. Everyone chooses to see ambition as a demoralizing threat instead of an uplifting virtue....   [tags: not a demoralizing threat]
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Virtue and Happiness - Happiness is the goal of every human beings according to Aristotle, however what does happiness imply. It is in his attempt to define happiness and to find a way to attain it that Aristotle comes across the idea of virtue. It is thus necessary to explain the relationship between these two terms. I will start by defining the good and virtue and then clarify their close link with the argument of function, I will then go into more details in explaining the different ways in which they are closely related and finally I am going to give an account of the apparent contradiction in Book X which is a praise of the life of study....   [tags: Aristotle, Philosophy]
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Linda Zagzebski: A Virtue Based Definition of Knowledge - The philosopher, Linda Zagzebski, offers a virtue based definition of knowledge. She arrives at this definition by presenting numerous accounts of knowledge definitions that fail, explore why they fail, then shows how her theory satisfies knowledge criteria. Zagzebski defines knowledge by expressing the relationship between the subject and the truth proposition. A truth claim becomes knowledge when your state of belief makes cognitive contact with reality. What it is to know that you understand something is different from having a relationship with something....   [tags: Philosophy, Virtues] 1062 words
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Discussion of Virtue in Meno by Socrates - ... A person who does not know how to drive a vehicle himself of herself is unlikely to be capable of teaching another person how to do so. Meno and Socrates fully agree that no one exactly knows what virtue means, and due to this reason, no one can be taught virtue. Socrates claims that if one can be taught virtue, then we ought to know those who teach and those who learn from the lecturer. Further, Socrates argues that teachers for medicine, horsemanship among others, are present and everyone recognizes them as legitimate teachers, but people do not agree on whether Sophists actually do teach virtue....   [tags: knowledge, taught, experience] 677 words
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Attaining Virtue in The Republic of Plato - ... In this way it is the same for the city, for in the city, wisdom lies with the guardians as they are the philosophers. The guardians are put in charge of the city because of their knowledge of how the city should be run. Because of this, the Guardians wisdom becomes the City’s. (Book IV) The second virtue that must be attained is courage. For the Individual, courage must be in the soul to resist temptations, and to be ready to fight. The same is for the collective, for in the city courage lies with the auxiliaries, as the auxiliaries are the ones who will defend the city and fight its enemies....   [tags: courage, wisdom, justice] 704 words
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Aristotle's Notion on Eudaimonia and Virtue - In Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics he accounts that humans should make sacrifices and should ultimately aim first and foremost for their own happiness . In the paper I will argue that it is really in a person’s best interest to be virtuous . I will do this by first describing Aristotle’s notion on both eudaimonia and virtue , as well as highlighting the intimate relationship between the two . Secondly I will talk about the human role in society. Thirdly I will describe the intrinsic tie between human actions ....   [tags: Philosophy ]
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The Power of Virtue in Ancient Rome - In ancient roman culture, being a man entailed much more than a difference in genitalia. In many ancient civilizations, a patriarchy was the main way to govern its citizens. Men were responsible for earning money, making decisions that could affect their household and/or their community, and fighting in battles that would inevitably change roman history. Ones reputation within their community would either make or break their ability to achieve certain goals in life. Whether it was to become a new merchant in the market, or to lead troops on their next expedition, a mans virtue controlled his fate....   [tags: Patriarchy, Government, Citizens, Roman Culture]
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The Pursuit of Virtue in Pride and Prejudice - "Virtue" is truly a complex word - an element of the essence of man - that Jane Austen portrays in her novel “Pride and Prejudice”. Through a profound scrutiny of the character of the protagonists, and through her interpretation of how vanity, pride, and self - knowledge intervenes in the development of the virtue of the characters, Austen intends to show how human happiness is found by living in accordance with human dignity, which is a life in accordance with virtue. Austen creates a scenario where she allows the reader to identify a variety of persons, each of them with a certain and peculiar character....   [tags: Pride and Prejudice Essays]
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The Virtue of Prudency in American Politics - Prudency, an essential virtue in which one strives to hold in high esteem in order to truly achieve a leadership role, especially in U.S politics. To be prudent is to obtain the ability of utilizing reason in order to govern oneself. As a result, how can one expect to be a leader and govern others if they do not posses the qualities to do so for him/herself. Therefore, prudency although a basic virtue, serves as the foundation in which ignites the enhancement of ones skills and ultimately makes or breaks a leader, separating people into two categories, those who govern, and those who are governed....   [tags: political science] 744 words
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The Virtue of Generosity by Aristotle - ... What is generous does not depend on the quantity given but rather the state of character of the giver which is why it is proper to the generous person “to exceed so much in giving that he leaves less for himself, since it is proper to a generous person not to look out for himself” (1120b5). Hence, one who gives less than another may still be generous if he has less to give. Generous people do not neglect their own property and wealth since he will use them to assist people. They manage their wealth prudently so he has something to give....   [tags: wastefulness, habit, perfect] 1163 words
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What is Virtue Epistemology? - What is Virtue Epistemology. This paper functions as a brief introduction to virtue epistemology, a topic that has enjoyed a recent gain in popularity among analytic philosophers. Here I maintain that the defining feature of virtue epistemology is its focus on the intellectual virtues and vices rather than the evaluation of belief. What constitutes such a focus. And, what are the intellectual virtues. In the first section, I enumerate five different ways in which virtue epistemologists might focus on the virtues....   [tags: Philosophy Virtues Ethics Papers]
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The Theory of Innate Virtue - Throughout the dialogue of “Meno”, Socrates inquires what virtue is and whether virtue is innate, acquired through learning, or received as a gift from the gods (Jowett, 1949). After some discussion with Meno, Socrates first proposes the theory that virtue is innate. Subsequently the knowledge of innate virtue is of a priori knowledge, which is in turn contingent on a priori justification (Russell, 2011). A priori knowledge is knowledge that rests on a priori justification. A priori justification is a type of epistemic justification that is, in some sense, independent of experience....   [tags: Philosophy]
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Is Virtue Sufficient for Happiness? - ... Certainly the most fundamental rejection to Seneca’s take on happiness may have to do with man’s daily desires and urges in life. Seneca suggests that men should and can have fruitful lives without fulfillment of their urges as long as they are virtuous. But it is safe to say that having desires is simply the nature of man and therefore man’s desires are meant to be satisfied. Seneca seems to suggest that a man without desires, has no strife and therefore is a virtuous man which means that a man with no desires is ultimately a happy man....   [tags: Philosophers, Seneca, Materialism] 705 words
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Pride: A Virtue Not a Sin - 1) Well, I believe that pride is a virtue and not a sin. Pride is a stage where an individual thinks highly of himself. This individual is happy within his own norms, values, and desires. They are happy about their own characteristics and no one else can do anything to mess that up. A virtue means excellence of pride (according to St. Augustine). Virtue also means something that is right and just. Some religions are cultures of their own. Every culture wants people to follow their way of life over someone else's....   [tags: Sociology ]
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Beowulf's Heroism - Virtue or Flaw? - Beowulf's fight with the dragon is a puzzle. On the surface, it appears to be the hero's final victory, and a fitting end to his noble life. Yet, the circumstances surrounding the battle – Beowulf's disregard for his thanes' advice and the Geats' bleak future without their king – raise pointed questions about Beowulf and his motivations. No where else in the poem are the hero's actions portrayed as anything but right and good.ǂ Not surprisingly, this issue has drawn considerable critical attention....   [tags: Epic of Beowulf Essays]
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Nicomachean Ethics: Ruminations on Virtue - ... There are two different categories of virtue: intellectual and moral. Moral virtues can only be learned through experience, the individual must learn these types of virtues by observing them in others complete acquisition after practicing the observed behavior and then repeating it. Intellectual virtues, are explicitly instructed to us, (e.g. laws, rules) and full acquisition of these virtues requires both time to pass (to become intellectually prepared to understand the meaning) and experience....   [tags: aristotle, , reasoning, humans] 1082 words
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Aristotle on Happiness and Virtue - ... Aristotle’s work maintained practicality, which made a huge impact on upcoming moral philosophers. St. Thomas Aquinas and most of the other Christian philosophers were highly influenced by Aristotle’s work. Those people following the “Virtue Ethics" movement in the current era were, in fact, inspired by Aristotle himself. Arête & Eudaimonia The dictionary meaning of the Greek word ‘Eudaimonia’ is happiness. More accurately it means "living well” and "excellence". According to Aristotle, to achieve happiness is the ultimate goal of human life and it is the maximum goal (Carreras, 2011)....   [tags: ancient Greek philosophers]
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Virtue in Telemachus’ Life - Telemachus is the son of Odysseus and Penelope in the Odyssey. He was raised without a father and this caused him not to have a strong male example in his life. He was forced to mature into a man on his own and become the man his father was. Telemachus is required to figure out ways to be honorable on his own and this causes him to have a deeper responsibility than the normal man of his age. In Telemachus’ life, he is able to mature into an adult man capable of making virtuous decisions and acting with the honor that is required of a virtuous man of the Greek world and Christian world....   [tags: Leadership Ability, Christian Standard]
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Liberty, Necessity, and Virtue - To understand the politics we have, we must look at two philosophers who have shaped the ideas and politics of this world. Niccolò Machiavelli and Thomas Hobbes founded a new kind of political science that opposed the classical view of politics. Both of these men believed classical philosophy and Christianity focused on reaching imagined republics; these imagines republics were unreachable. Under these imagined republics men were held to high standards, men had to be virtuous; and men could not keep all the virtues because they lived in a world where men were not all good....   [tags: Machiavelli, Hobbes, Politics] 1421 words
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Theological Virtue of Charity - ... The theological virtue of charity revolves around three significant elements (Velde, 2006). These elements are a charity, faith and hope. To gain charity, faith and hope should be active to some significant levels to ensure that there is a means to an end. Charity is a critical aspect that activates the elements of faith and hope. However, to some extent, the three elements are not isolated. Hope and faith can be independent. However, charity depends the individual’s ability to have faith and to be hopeful....   [tags: Saint Thomas Aquinas]
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Ethical Virtue and Nobility - Aristotle, in the Nicomachean Ethics, asserts that every ethical virtue aims at what is noble. In order to establish his definition of nobility, Aristotle takes the example of the virtue of courage. This virtue aims at what is noble, namely the common good, and this noble end is reached through courageous acts done by a brave man. There is a direct relationship between becoming good and loving what is noble. In order to become a good person, one must be conditioned to love what is noble and hate what is ignoble....   [tags: Ethics] 1025 words
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Kantian vs. Virtue Ethics - Both Kantian and virtue ethicists have differing views about what it takes to be a good person. Kantian ethicists believe that being a good person is strictly a matter of them having a “good will.” On the other hand, virtue ethicists believe that being a good person is a matter of having a good character, or being naturally inclined to do the right thing. Both sides provide valid arguments as to what is the most important when it comes to determining what a person good. My purpose in writing this paper is to distinguish between Kantian ethics and virtue ethics, and to then, show which theory is most accurate....   [tags: Good Will, Character, Good People]
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Self-Discipline: A Civil Virtue - Self-Discipline: A Civil Virtue Self-Discipline As stated by Arthur Combs “ If our democratic society is to function effectively, it requires self-disciplined, caring citizens who are willing to pull their own weight and contribute to their own and their community’s welfare. People learn self-discipline in the process of growing up.” (Combs 260-263) If humans did not practice self-discipline our society would certainly not be what it is today. Just about everyone knows what self-discipline is but the act of doing it can be a little tricky at times....   [tags: community welfare, growing up]
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Aristotle: Ethics and the Virtues - Aristotle's ethics consist of a form of virtue ethics, in which the ethical action is that which properly complies with virtue(s) by finding the mean within each particular one. Aristotle outlines two types of virtues: moral/character virtues and intellectual virtues. Though similar to, and inspired by, Plato and Socrates’ ethics, Aristotle's ethical account differs in some areas. Aristotle, a student of Plato, is known for his contributions in many fields of philosophy, ethics being one of the most prominent....   [tags: Virtue Ethics, Nicomachean Ethics]
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Virtue Ethics - Virtue, when I hear that word I think of value and morality and only good people can be virtuous. When I hear the word ethics I think of good versus evil, wrong and right. Now when the two are put together you get virtue ethics. You may wonder what can virtue ethics possibly mean. It’s just two words put together to form some type of fancy theory. Well this paper will discuss virtue ethics and the philosophy behind it. Virtue ethics is a theory that focuses on character development and what virtues one should obtain to be who they are supposed to be, as oppose to actions....   [tags: Aristotle, phylosophy, Greek history]
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Virtue Ethics - Sally has obviously damaged the company, so her actions will definitely require an appropriate form of punishment. However, there are several factors that have to be taken in account. For example, Sally was a loyal, responsible, and fair worker during the last 20 years, so any extreme form of punishment could damage both Sally and the company. On the other hand, an inappropriate response from the management could encourage her deviant behavior towards the company in the future. With several conflicting factors apparent in this case, working out an appropriate solution is difficulty....   [tags: Ethics ] 963 words
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The Virtue of Bravery - The Virtue of Bravery In this essay I will be describing the virtue of bravery. I will first define what Aristotle thinks virtue is, explain the virtue of bravery, and then finally reflect this virtue on my personal experience in the Shaw neighborhood. Aristotle breaks down virtue into four aspects which are: a state that decides in mean, consisting in a mean, the mean relative to us, which is defined by reference to reason(1107a). He also states that there are two kinds of virtue: one of thought or intellect and one of character or actions....   [tags: Papers] 911 words
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Discrimination is a Virtue - Discrimination is a Virtue In the next few paragraphs I will critique the rhetorical effectiveness of Robert Keith Miller’s essay, Discrimination is a Virtue. In his essay Miller tries to redefine the word discrimination. I will evaluate the effectiveness of his argument, and suggest different elements he could have incorporated or deleted to make his paper more effective. Overall, Miller gets his point across and enlightens the reader, but I do not believe he had a goal in writing this to make any tangible changes....   [tags: Robert Keith Miller Essays] 985 words
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The Virtue Of Silence - THE VIRTUE OF SILENCE Of all the virtues that most men and women disregard, it is silence. People go about in their everyday lives not even noticing the beauty of one's "inner silence." Try an experiment: Close your eyes. Tune out the sounds from everything that's surrounding you, and focus on what is going on inside you. Take a deep breath and just listen. How many inner voices did you hear. Most people do not even realize the amount of noise that is carried around in the human body....   [tags: essays research papers] 993 words
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Can Virtue be Taught in Plato's Dialogue - ... In the end, Socrates is left nowhere closer to an answer as Meno realizes that he does not know what virtue is. Unable to provide Socrates with a definition of virtue, Meno offers his paradox: “How will you look for it [virtue], Socrates, when you do not know at all what it is. How will you aim to search for something you do not know at all. If you should meet with it, how will you know that this is the thing that you did not know” (Plato 880). Socrates responds by explaining how souls are immortal and have seen all things....   [tags: meno, wisdom, socrates]
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Glory vs. Virtue - Virtue manifests itself differently within Christine de Pizan’s novel The Book of the City of Ladies and Niccolo Machiavelli’s novels The Prince and The Discourses Letter to Vettori. Pizan describes virtue in a moralistic sense, one closer to Aristotle and Plato’s traditional view. On the contrary, Machiavelli has a warped sense of morality and his view of virtue is one without a moral tone; he argues that a prince must adapt himself to whichever situation he finds himself in. Despite their disagreement of the materialization of virtue, they both attribute it to powerful people....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Virtue Ethics Approach - 1. Identify the main pros and cons of a virtue ethics approach. The virtue ethics approach is a theory that suggests that people are judged via their character, not specific actions. An individual who has developed good character traits (virtues) is judged as a morally good person. An individual who has developed bad character traits (vices) is judged as a morally bad person. Most of us have a mixture or virtues and vices. There are many pros and cons linked to this approach. The pros include a. Emphasis on pleasure and emotion – it is good that we should enjoy acting virtuously b. Moral education – being moral is a developmental process c. Consideration of life as a whole – “One swallow doe...   [tags: Ethics ]
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Wit and Virtue: Addison Vs. Aristotle - ... It was surprising to find Addison's essay on humor to be unfunny. Nevertheless, it would consistent with Aristotle to say that the buffoon would find it especially boorish. Addison’s primary aim in speaking about amusement is not to amuse but in any demonstration it is helpful to demonstrate, even if that demonstration is amusing. Thus, boorishness is probably the easiest sin for the intellectual. It is also a Puritan vice that is expected of the intellectual. The difficulty in our modern culture is to see boorishness as brutishness to the same extent that we see buffoonery as foolishness....   [tags: Morality, Philosophy] 1161 words
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An Ilustration of the Concept of Virtue in the Nicomachean Ethics - ... In fact, “every action […] is thought to aim at some good”6: some actions are performed to reach different ends, some others are done for their own sake7 but, as Aristotle argues, both types of actions partake to a wider end, an all-embracing end so that “the things we do for their own sake are all partially constitutive of that widest end”8: this end, according to Aristotle, is eudaimonia. Not only it is the only thing that can be chosen for its own sake, but also it cannot be chosen for the sake of anything else....   [tags: philosophical analysis] 1222 words
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An Analysis of Batman Based on Aristotle's Virtue - ... Individuals of this sort spend a lot on what should be little expenses and they spend too little on what should be a large expense. On the other hand, the deficiency is stinginess, which is merely a wealthy penny pincher. The vice, vulgarity, can be adequately illustrated with Bruce Wayne. He spends vast amounts on insignificant unworthy objects with the goal of displaying his wealth and gaining admiration from his peers. At one point he purchases a whole hotel in front of business partners and friends so two women can swim in a water fountain....   [tags: ethics, philosophical analysis of comic book hero] 1468 words
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Tthe Christian Virtue of Fortitude: Aeneas - Aeneas during his “labor of love” (2.881) and “exile” (3.197) demonstrates the Christian virtue of fortitude. Virgil, even though he is a pagan, was called a “naturally Christian spirit”, by Tertullian. He was one of the great writers of the early Christian church. Even Dante, in his “Divine Comedy” has Virgil lead him through the spiritual realm. To be a good Christian, one must have virtues. A virtue helps one “do the good”, and by doing the good one gets closer to heaven. Aeneas is a virtuous person....   [tags: christian spirit, tertullian, troy]
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Virtue and Happiness in Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics - In consideration to Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle’s view of the great-souled man is that of an individual that represents happiness and obtains the five virtues: wisdom, justice, bravery, self-control, and the overall goodness within an individual (happiness). The magnanimous person is very complex and displays the proper virtues at the proper time, and in the proper way. In addition, the great-souled man accommodates to his surroundings where he is honorable but not boastful in his actions. Aristotle believes that it is only possible to attain happiness within a political organization because happiness represents living well without being concerned with others, they solely live for the trut...   [tags: Nicomachean Ethics Essays] 1147 words
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Notes on Virtue, Tradition and Animal Mating - ... In modern society, alterations are happening under the influence of globalization. In everyday life is becoming released from the embrace of tradition. And other societies across the world that remained more traditional are becoming detraditionalised. This is a society, where tradition has to be defended by traditional activities that are their own ritual and representation. Giddens speaks of different forms of tradition, the first is Heritage it is a simpler and commercialized type of tradition....   [tags: Philosophy, Natural Sciences] 884 words
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Virtue as Habit - Virtue as Habit The aim of this essay is to examine the following question. Does it make a difference in moral psychology whether one adopts Aristotle's ordinary or Immanuel Kant's revisionist definition of virtue as a moral habit. Suppose it is objected, at the outset, that these definitions cannot be critically compared because their moral theories are, respectively, aposteriori and apriori, and so incommensurable. Two points of commensurability and grounds for comparative evaluation are two basic problems that any theory in moral psychology must address....   [tags: Aristotle Kant Moral Psychology Papers]
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Habermas on Virtue - Habermas on Virtue Although Habermas has never worked out a conception of virtue and indeed criticizes this notion whenever he uses it, his theory crucially depends on the virtuous attitude of participants in discourse — be it in the realm of democracy and law or that of morality. In this paper, in which I deal only with the ethical foundations of morality, I argue first that the norms of discourse which are gained from a presuppositional analysis of speech as such have to be complemented by the sensitive perception on the side of the recipients....   [tags: Ethics Morals Papers] 4297 words
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The Virtues of the Vices of Virtue Ethics by Robert Louden - In this essay I will consider the objections to Virtue Ethics (VE) raised by Robert Louden in his article entitled On Some Vices of Virtue Ethics which was published in 1984. It is important to note at the outset of this essay that it was not until 1991 that the v-rules came up in literature. So Louden is assuming throughout his article that the only action guidance that VE can give is “Do what the virtuous agent would do in the circumstances.” I will be addressing Louden’s objections with the benefit of knowing about the v-rules....   [tags: deodontology, normaltive and ethical theories]
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Aristotle and Virtue: How People View The Virtue of Forgiveness - After learning about Aristotle’s review of virtues, two of them stand out, justice and forgiveness. No one can touch justice or forgiveness, but you can see the outcomes when they are demonstrated. Justice and forgiveness are two different virtues that demand motion, with forgiveness it requires a deep feeling to let go, whereas with justice it requires an action a person takes. Forgiveness requires people to participate in a process of releasing bitterness, hate and anger toward someone or something....   [tags: justice, forgiveness, christians]
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The Alternative View To Virtue Ethics - The Alternative View To Virtue Ethics Virtue theory is the view that the foundation of morality is the development of good character traits, or virtues. A person is good, then, if he has virtues and lacks vices. Some virtue theorists mention as many as 100 virtuous character traits, which contribute to making someone a good person. Virtue theory places special emphasis on moral education since virtuous character traits are developed in one's youth; adults, therefore, are responsible for instilling virtues in the young....   [tags: Papers] 773 words
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The Strengths and Weaknesses Of Virtue Ethics - The Strengths and Weaknesses Of Virtue Ethics The virtue ethicist suggests that his theory avoids the complicated tasks of using a formula to figure out what we ought to do, by instead focusing on the kinds of persons we ought to be. The trouble lies in determining just how we know what kinds of persons we ought to be. Or, we might put it this way: how are we to determine just what the virtues are. Obviously, if we do not know what the virtues are, then telling people to "Live virtuously!" becomes an empty imperative....   [tags: Papers] 758 words
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Justice and Virtue in John Rawls' A Theory of Justice - There is a natural instinct in humans to have a justified reason for everything they do, even if they are not aware of it. It is the product of psychological reasoning. Everybody wants to be treated the same. Justice covers a broad area covered mostly by equality. “Each person is to have an equal right to the most extensive basic liberty compatible with similar liberty for others.” (Rawls 60). That quote was the first principle of justice from John Rawls A Theory of Justice. Equality is important to society because it maintains everyone getting the same as anyone of any other racial, ethical, or wealth status....   [tags: Analytical Essay, Ethics] 538 words
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Is Aristotelian Virtue Ethics a Successful Moral Theory? - Virtue ethics is a moral theory that was first developed by Aristotle. It suggests that humans are able to train their characters to acquire and exhibit particular virtues. As the individual has trained themselves to develop these virtues, in any given situation they are able to know the right thing to do. If everybody in society is able to do the same and develop these virtues, then a perfect community has been reached. In this essay, I shall argue that Aristotelian virtue ethics is an unsuccessful moral theory....   [tags: eudaimonia, cultural variations]
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Can Virtue Be Acquired? An Examination of the Laches, Meno and Protagoras - ... Therefore, Socrates seeks to find what knowledge the interlocutors do have. This takes the form of questioning the knowledge of virtue. …whether there is any one of us who has knowledge of that about which we are deliberating. [Laches] In order to seek the knowledge of whether virtue can be taught and if any of those present could say one way or another what is the right way to teach one’s sons to be virtuous begins with a series of strongly led questions. Virtue is compared to techne, or craft....   [tags: Socratic dialogues of Plato, philosophy] 2969 words
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Hume and the Ethics of Virtue - I argue that Hume's ethics can be characterized as a virtue ethics, by which I mean a view according to which character has priority over action and the principles governing action: virtuous character guides and constrains practical deliberation. In a traditional utilitarian or Kantian ethics, character is subordinate to practical deliberation: virtue is needed only to motivate virtuous action. I begin by outlining this approach in Aristotle's ethics, then draw relevant parallels to Hume. I argue that virtuous character in Aristotle is understood in terms of "self-love." A true self-lover enjoys most the exercise of the characteristic human powers of judging, choosing, deciding and deliberat...   [tags: Character Morals Aristotle Papers]
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Euthanasia: Perspective from Theory of Personality Virtue - ... Aristotle stated that every person should work to develop his or her own character by developing a habit out of virtue. This will automatically lead to good actions, as a good person will always make good decisions. He believed that future generations could then be taught goodness from their seniors as virtue should be taught by example, not through a set of rules. Considering the moral issue of euthanasia, euthanasia is the act of painlessly putting to death persons suffering from painful and/or incurable diseases or incapacitating physical disorders....   [tags: moral school of thought, philosophy] 778 words
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Advantages to a Rigorous Approach to Environmental Virtue Ethics - A good ethical theory requires both logical rigor and intuitive appeal to provide an effective tool for understanding what is right and what is wrong. In the field of environmental ethics, there has been significant scholarship in developing a duty ethics based on the inherent value of nature, most notably by Paul Taylor. Taylor indeed provides a logically clear argument for protecting the environment by building on the principles he calls the biocentric outlook (Taylor, 99). While this scholarship has been helpful in offering an explanation for what those who value the environment intuitively recognize, some have noticed that it does not provide positive answers to how we should live (Cafar...   [tags: Ethics]
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How Do Virtue and Chance Contribute to Happiness? - Virtue and Chance How do virtue and chance contribute to happiness. Happiness has been subject to debate for centuries. What is happiness. What does happiness consist of. What contributes to happiness. Among many others, Aristotle, Epicurus, and the school of Cyrenaics, prominent ancient Greek philosophers, have greatly contributed that virtue, which is excellence of a certain part, and chance, which consists of any event outside of human control and prediction, may play a role in happiness. After analyzing the works of these philosophers, it has been concluded that virtue greatly contributes to happiness....   [tags: Aristotle, Epicurus, greek]
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Othello and the Virtue of Love - Othello and the Virtue of Love        The love of the protagonist and his wife in William Shakespeare’s trgedy Othello can not stand up against the repeated assaults of the sinister Iago. Let us in this essay search for and comment on the examples of love found in the play.   Helen Gardner in “Othello: A Tragedy of Beauty and Fortune” highlights the love between the hero and his beloved:   The love between Othello and Desdemona is a great venture of faith. He is free; she achieves her freedom, and at a great cost....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]
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Virtue in Oroonoko (The Royal Slave) by Aphra Behn - ... When Oroonoko and his troops are captured by a slave captain, whom he has become quite familiar with in the past, he [Oroonoko] demonstrates that his religious beliefs are not inferior to that of a Christian man. Oroonoko and his men would rather face death in honor than to be destined to a life of slavery. The captain promises Oroonoko that he and his men would be freed if only they would not starve to death. The conversation between Oroonoko and the captain makes it evident that religion plays a key role in a man's value: For the captain had protested to him upon the word of a Christian, and sworn in the name of a great God, which if he should violate, he would exp...   [tags: fidelity, loyalty, beliefs, honor, religious]
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Can virtue be taught? - lthough today's society includes much technology and new things are supposedly being discovered every day, many age old questions still remain unanswered; questions such as: "Can virtue be taught?" This question is examined in detail throughout Plato's Meno, and although the play leaves the question as to what virtue is unanswered, Socrates attempts an answer to Meno's question. Although he is not particularly keen on answering whether virtue can be taught without first having a complete understanding of what virtue is, he attempts to please Meno by solving this in the way that geometers conduct their investigations, through a hypothesis....   [tags: essays research papers] 556 words
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Virtue, Vice, and Valour in “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” - In literature, authors often use words that have many meanings within the piece of work. By looking deeper into these meanings, an insightful interpretation can be developed to allow the reader to experience a version of the work not apparent from the surface. In “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” the author successfully attaches virtue, vice, and valour to the green girdle, an object Sir Gawain obtains as a gift. The green colour of the girdle represents rejuvenation and change throughout the story....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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The Ideas of Virtue Ethics - The Ideas of Virtue Ethics In an attempt to revive the ideas of virtue ethics, many philosophers have expressed their criticisms of so-called "modern ethical theories." Some examples are as follows. Pincoffs presents his idea that modern ethical theory (MET) reduces ethics to resolution of quandaries. Williams explains his idea that MET focuses on only a particular, peculiar variety of ethical thought called "morality." Stocker claims that MET lead to "moral schizophrenia." And Wolf claims MET embodies the idea of a moral saint....   [tags: Papers] 1229 words
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