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The Virtuous Manager

- The Virtuous Manager Enron was the model for rapid growth in the 1990’s but part of the culture and ethics of Enron was disturbing. Falsified documents, cutthroat competitiveness among employees and accounting schemes that hid the truth of the company’s indebtedness were just a few examples of the lack of business ethics within the organization. Perhaps a more virtuous management team could have saved Enron from collapse. Culture of Enron An Indicator of Corruption Enron’s management style was apparent from the early years of the organization....   [tags: Business Ethics ]

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Virtuous Violence

- Virtuous Violence When one hears the word violence one typically thinks of sordid images. This is because violence has developed a negative connotation. When one thinks of violent acts or cruel methods like coercion it is frequently correlated with evil. But there are instances in which there is a need to commit brutalities in order to put an end to catastrophes and help the good prevail. Many posit the notion that nothing good will ever come from violence while neglecting the positive things that have emerged from it....   [tags: Native Americans, La Alianza]

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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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Virtues of Character and Joe Arpaio: A Virtuous Man

- Joe Arpaio was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on June 13, 1932 (Wikipedia, 2014). He was raised by his father who was a grocery store owner, because his mom died during labor. Arpaio graduated from high school and when he was 18 he joined the Army. He served “in the Army from 1950 to 1954 in the “Medical Detachment Division” after he was discharged, moved to Washington DC became a police officer and later moved to Las Vegas” (MCSO, 1893). There he served as a police officer for six months before he was appointed as a special agent with the DEA....   [tags: Sheriff, Traits]

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Essay on the Vengeful and the Virtuous in William Shakespeare

- The Vengeful and the Virtuous in Shakespeare Whether you hate your King, your Christian rival or a neighboring foe, if you're in a Shakespeare play then you will be punished.  In the first act of each play Shakespeare shows a conflict between two groups of people, one is vengeful the other virtuous.  After the conflict is introduced, the malignant characters have important parts of their lives taken away and in the end the ultimate penalties of each are inflicted.  All of the antagonists are left desolate in the end of the plays by either lost fortunes or their lives.  Shakespeare takes good care to give the protagonists of the plays much reward for being on the right side of the spectrum...   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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Measure for Measure Essay: The Virtuous Isabella

- The Virtuous Isabella in Measure for Measure        Measure for Measure is not a celebration of family values, the play points towards both the political virtuosity, which sustains the comic, and the humbler self-knowledge that preserves the integrity of the virtuoso. Human virtue can only be chosen in freedom, but we need not deny ourselves the opportunity of ensuring that this choice is not stifled by the subtly related powers of abstract intellectualism and carnal necessity   Isabella in Measure for Measure personifies innocent virtue....   [tags: Measure for Measure]

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The Life of Zhen-Ni, Chaste- Virtuous

- The Life of Zhen-Ni, Chaste- Virtuous Zhen-Ni, a Chinese name- translated- chaste virtuous. The abused image of a disturbing childhood; a girl growing up contented not through love but by ruthless revenge that lead her to run all her life and roam the streets of China. Twenty five years of age, she was one of China’s ‘MOST WANTED’. Performing her first official assassination at the age of fifteen by brutally murdering Xiong; like the meaning of his name he was powerful but the most repulsive pedophile there was in the city of Fujian Sheng, China....   [tags: Papers]

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Why Do We Choose Virtuous Acts?

- Aristotle says that we learn which acts are virtuous, choose virtuous acts for their own sake, and acquire virtuous habits by performing virtuous acts. According to Burnyeat, Aristotle thinks this works successfully because virtuous acts are pleasant. The learner’s virtuous choices and passions are positively reinforced. I argue that Burnyeat’s interpretation fails because virtuous acts are not typically pleasant for learners or, perhaps surprisingly, even for virtuous people. Instead, I maintain that according to Aristotle moral progress is motivated by different sorts of pain associated with vicious acts....   [tags: Aristotle Ethics and the Virtues]

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The Country Wife by William Wycherley

- A Virtuous Woman In William Wycherley’s The Country Wife, William Wycherley enlightens the audience to capture several different ironical statements and questionable behaviors. The play fits perfectly into Greenwald’s definition of a comedy of manners: “[Critics] assert that a comedy of manners and the people who inhabit it represent the ostentatiously idle upper-class” (“Social Heirarchy” web). Wycherley also distinguishes several oddities in his characters not typically used to describe the upper-class....   [tags: Virtuous Woman, Literary Analysis]

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Measure for Measure Essay: The Virtuous Vanity of Isabella

- The Virtuous Vanity of Isabella in Measure for Measure        Shakespeare's work, Measure for Measure, puts the "problem" in "problem play" as it, examines the difference between law and justice, virtue and goodness. It's a case study of abuse of power that has a particularly contemporary resonance.  Isabella is a very intriguing Shakespearean female. She is one of the few intelligent females who are also innocent and holy. Measure for Measure focuses primarily on her moral dilemma. Does she save her brother and give up her valued chastity or does she save her own soul while allowing her brother to die....   [tags: Measure for Measure]

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An Analysis of Plato's Republic

- Explain the passage’s meaning in context. Societies hold value in the respect and virtuous abilities over others often times put justice on a pedestal and hold tight to it. In the eyes of Socrates is Plato’s Republic, Book VI he states that “In a suitable one [constitution], his [a philosopher's] own growth will be fuller and he will save the community as well as himself” (Plato “Republic”, p. 177, 497a). When you break it down this quote means when abiding by the laws held by the community each man must try to pursue the most virtuous version of themselves....   [tags: virtuous, philosophy, justice]

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Self Control and Moderation

- The habits and actions of a person will instantly mirror his character, which sometimes it could be uncomfortable. Being like a transparent window through which anyone can see is not always what one might desire. Yet, Aristotle will claim that if one is unhappy with his character, he can change it into a better one, by deliberating well and making the right choice he would then be able to act in accordance with reason; and this will eventually help him reach a virtuous character. Although difficult to be put in practice, there is hope if the person really tries to correct his character....   [tags: difference, Aristotle, virtuous character]

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A Virtuous Sovereign

- It is popular belief that the life of a Princess is magical, filled with “Happily Ever After”, however the life of Queen Elizabeth I was anything but magical. The story of The Virgin Queen is captivating, from scandal surrounding her birth to her reluctance to name a successor before her death. Elizabeth’s entire life was full of turmoil, conspiracy and sadness. Jane Resh Thomas described this misconception most accurately on page two of Behind the Mask: The Life of Queen Elizabeth I by stating, “If she was charmed, then her enchanter must have been an evil fairy whose charm was at least in part a curse....   [tags: British History ]

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Aristotle's Politics: Man Is a Political Animal

- In the Aristotle’s Politics Book I, Aristotle determines that man is by nature a political animal, and in accordance to that the polis is created naturally. Aristotle’s first argument states how a polis comes into being by stating “Now in these matters as elsewhere it is by looking at how things develop naturally from the beginning that one may best study them.”(Pg 2, line24) At the beginning of chapter 2, Aristotle claims that a polis comes out of need, but also reproduction. This is idea is different with the views of Socrates and Plato in the republic....   [tags: polis, law, humans, survive, virtuous]

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Desdemona - Virtuous Woman or Modern Woman Challenging Oppressive Societal Values?

- The polysemic nature of Shakespeare’s Othello means that throughout time, different cultures have found certain readings of particular characters more relevant than others. For example, there are many possible readings of Desdemona, but two of the more dominant interpretations include seeing her as the ideal wife who falls victim to an abusive husband and viewing Desdemona as a progressive woman who contributed to her downfall by being outspoken and challenging the position of women in her time....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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Confucius and a Virtuos Life

- Confucius is considered the first teacher and his teachings are usually expressed in short phrases which are open to various interpretations. The main book of reference is the analects. His philosophical ideas stress the importance of a virtuous life, filial piety, ancestor worship, benevolent and frugal rulers, and inner moral harmony. Confucianism also stresses hierarchical relationships and a regimented social structure, but also places a heavy emphasis on personal relationships. Although Confucianism is not technically classified as a religion (because there are no deities and afterlife theology), it is a belief system with 5,000,000 followers worldwide....   [tags: harmony, ideology, philosophy]

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Taking a Look at Nicomachean Ethics

- Nicomachean Ethics I chose to write about Aristotle and his beliefs about how the virtuous human being needs friends from Book VIII from Nicomachean Ethics. In this essay I will talk about the three different kinds of friendship that (Utility, Pleasure, and Goodness) that Aristotle claims exist. I will also discuss later in my paper why Aristotle believes that Goodness is the best type of friendship over Utility or Pleasure. In addition to that I will also talk about the similarities and differences that these three friendships share between one another....   [tags: Aristotle and the virtous human]

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Ledership Comparsion between Machiavelli and Gilgamesh

- Machiavelli wrote one of the most influential treatises on leadership that is still utilized in politics and management today. One of the defining conceptions he explores is locating a balance between being virtuous and righteous and practicing carefully selected deceit and cunning. Gilgamesh’s exhibition of leadership is much more primordial and archetypal, yet does more to highlight the inherent tragedy and emotional trauma present in such high-stakes situations. Ultimately, the differences in leadership between the two is a product of radically different eras, in which the notions of power and the state were at opposite ends of a spectrum, as were the structures that organize people....   [tags: virtous, righteous, deceit, cunning, power]

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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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Complete Friendships And ' Decent ' Individual '

- Complete Friendships and “Decent” Individuals In the Nichomachean Ethics, Aristotle states that there are three distinct types of friendship: utility, pleasure, and complete. Both utility and pleasure friendships are fueled by self-gain defined by usefulness or pleasantness. These friendships are coincidental and easily dissolve due to lack of foundation among many other factors. Aristotle believes the ultimate friendship between two individuals is complete friendship. In this enduring relationship, both parties wish the same good on the other as one would wish upon oneself....   [tags: Virtue, Friendship, Ethics, Person]

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Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle

- An Exposition of Aristotelian Virtues In his Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle explores virtues as necessary conditions for being happy. A virtuous person is a person with a disposition toward virtuous actions and who derives pleasure from behaving virtuously. Aristotle distinguishes between two types of human virtue: virtues of thought and virtues of character. Virtues of thought are acquired through learning and include virtues like wisdom and prudence; virtues of character include bravery and charity, which are acquired by habituation and require external goods to develop....   [tags: virtue, action, happiness]

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Comparing The Ideas And Philosophies Of The Great Political Thinkers Of All Time

- ... Aristotle makes the conclusion that no one has additional rights than another, after he points out if everyone is equal in ruling then either none should rule another or where there must be common rule. This leads to a non-virtuous form of government, because if the choices are made by people who do not agree with, or believe the telos of the city-state, then the telos of the city-state will never be reached, therefore making the government non-virtuous. Aristotle adds that whenever large amounts of people get together to make decisions, it is foreseeable that personal bias will appear, and virtuous decisions cannot be made for the city-state....   [tags: Government, Democracy, Tyranny of the majority]

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Socrates 's ' Protagoras '

- ... To further solidify his argument, Socrates argued that carrying out the virtues brings virtuous people the most pleasure, no matter what situation they are in. “And do you not pursue pleasure as a good, and avoid pain as an evil?” (354c). This particular argument lays the foundation for Socrates’ definition of knowledge, which is the ability to perceive what will bring one the most pleasure. It was Socrates’ idea that pleasure could not possibly deter one from carrying out the virtues, because the “pleasure of the moment differs widely from future pleasure and pain” (356b)....   [tags: Virtue, Plato, Ethics, Good and evil]

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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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The Role of Women After the American Revolution

- The American Revolution, which happened during the last half of the eighteenth century, reshaped many aspects of life in America. The desire of the Founding Fathers to make America a republic played a very significant part in changing the role of women after the Revolution. The role of women as wives became more important as an emphasis on virtue was established; women were encouraged to find virtuous husbands and utilize their seductive nature to keep men virtuous. The roles of women as mothers also became more important in the republic, as patriarchy loosened and mothers were depended on to educate their children in the republican way....   [tags: Women's Rights After Revolution]

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Aristotle 's Views Of Virtue And Happiness

- ... • Involuntary or unwilling acts, a person does not choose the wrong thing. • "Non-voluntary" or "non-willing" actions that are bad actions done by choice. “When an action is described as virtuous, one does not need to prove further ends served by that action in order to establish that the action is choice worthy. If an action is justly, that alone suffices to establish that the action is choice worthy. One does not need to justify an action described as acting justly or generously by citing further ends served by that action” (Luthra, 2015)....   [tags: Nicomachean Ethics, Virtue, Morality, Ethics]

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Aristotle and the Book of Nicomanchean Ethics

- Aristotle and the Book of Nicomanchean Ethics In Book I of Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle states that the ultimate human goal or end is happiness. Aristotle describes the steps required for humans to obtain happiness. Aristotle states that activity is an important requirement of happiness. He states that a happy person cannot be inactive. He then goes on to say that living a life of virtue is something pleasurable in itself. The virtuous person takes pleasure in doing virtuous things. The role of virtue is an important one for Aristotle....   [tags: Nicomanchean Ethics Philosophy Essays]

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Aristotle on Ethics and Virtues

- For Aristotle understanding ethics helps each one pursue a good life. What we need in order to understand ethics and live well is to appreciate the goods in life. Aristotle then explains why these qualities are essential in any fully well-live life. Virtues, the excellence of fulfillment, are the train to true happiness. One will become virtuous in character in time by acting virtuously. Virtues are not inborn, humans are only born with the capacity to become wise and ethically virtuous, and therefore, practice is required....   [tags: philosophical analysis]

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The Doctrine Of The Mean

- The Doctrine of The Mean is the Aristotelian writing of virtues, of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics. Aristotle explains virtue as the excellence and the good of the character, in reflection to the good or the virtues of an action: “So virtue is a purposive disposition, lying in a mean that is relative to us and determined by a rational principle, and by that which a prudent man would use to determine it. It is a mean between two kinds of vice, one of excess and the other of deficiency…” Here Aristotle gives us an outline of his provisional explanation for virtue; where you would find virtue, and its dependency on the situation....   [tags: Ethics, Morality, Virtue, Justice]

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Comparing Plato 's Socratic Dialogues

- ... It would also leave his children without a father and would facilitate the injustice that is his death sentence. Conversely, Socrates argues that public opinion does not matter and escaping would be acting unjustly against the laws of Athens, which he, as a citizen, is obligated to obey. The pair struggle to determine what the virtuous action, in this case, would be, and ultimately “must ‘follow the argument’ that seems best to him” because neither can be considered moral experts. Further evidence that humans are incapable of being moral experts appears in the Apology....   [tags: Plato, Socrates, Virtue, Platonism]

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Greek Society vs. Socrates

- Greek Society vs. Socrates What make a man virtuous. Throughout many texts of Greek society the picture of a perfect man is painted and apparent. This man, the “perfect man”, is the virtuous Greek citizen. Who is virtuous not only in the eyes of society, but also at home, in war, and in his relationship to the God(s). Also in Greek society, there was a man named Socrates who’s opinion differed with his culture’s thoughts, and he constructed his own thoughts and beliefs of what characteristics a virtuous man should hold....   [tags: Papers]

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Online Gambling And Its Effects On The Entertainment Industry

- ... There are a number of components associated with achieving eudaimonia. First of all, Aristotle discusses how one should act in a virtuous way in order to behave in that virtuous way. In other words, Aristotle emphasizes the need to practice good habits. Just as an athlete must practice his/her skills to maintain their condition, an individual must practice their virtues to uphold their character. By controlling the amount of time and money one puts into gambling, one is better able to control themselves when gambling in the future....   [tags: Virtue, Ethics, Virtue ethics, Gambling]

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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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Parents Are Responsible For Teaching Their Own Personality

- ... In general, society is made up of all sorts of people from different backgrounds and cultures. In some cases, some cultures dictate how a person effectively communicate with other people from different races and how ones interact act with other would determine if that person is considered a virtuous person. In short, according to Aristotle in order for person to become a virtuous person that they must develop habits from childhood to adulthood of doing moral deeds (Nancy Moore, 1992, para 1)....   [tags: American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, Abolitionism]

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Great Is the Reward

- Are you exhausted with the big I little you. No ifs, ands, or buts, about it “United we stand divided we fall.” cease the conflicts over personal views of principle of relevance. From Homeric perspective, if we do not reward the virtuous and allow others to evade their just deserts for whatever inappropriate actions that they may take, have we then failed in our mission regardless of the value of our intentions. Louis Pojman, “affirmed that we should endeavor to create a world in which, the virtuous are rewarded and the vicious be punished in proportion to their relative deserts.” Like me, most of us would agree with an affirmative such as this....   [tags: Morality]

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Women after the American Revolution

- The desire of the Founding Fathers to make America a successful republic played a significant part in changing the many roles that women found themselves in after the Revolution. The role of women as wives became more important as republican ideals established an emphasis on marriage. Society saw marriage as a miniature representation of a republic. Therefore, republican ideals like independence and the freedom from arbitrary power allowed women as wives more value and power within their families....   [tags: restriction, inequality in civil rights]

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The On The Online Video Lecture : Why Be Moral

- 1. (711 Words For Question One) In class, we studied the idea of morality in the online video lecture “Why Be Moral,” where we heard the fictional story of “Smith,” the successful cheater (Hettche, 2011). Smith was a man who excelled all throughout his life by cheating. First, he began cheating on spelling tests in elementary school, then continued cheating on into junior high. Many people thought that Smith’s cheating would surely catch up to him later on, but he continued to succeed with the assistance of technologies such as spell check....   [tags: Utilitarianism, Ethics, Virtue ethics]

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Analysis Of The Book ' I Can Not Be Better

- ... Similarly, although Abdul desperately wished that Asha defended him because she noticed his hard work (Boo 112), she was simply trying to show her influence at the Sahar Police Station. Virtue was clearly not a valued trait unless it was advantageous to someone else. In fact, Abdul loses far more than he gains. Being virtuous was not economically advantageous, as Abdul loses income for refusing to buy stolen garbage (Boo 163). Abdul does not even feel the self-fulfillment or enlightenment that one would feel for being virtuous....   [tags: Poverty, Third World, Morality]

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Plato 's View Of Justice

- ... Three parts of the city are connected with a virtue. Guardians have the virtue of wisdom, auxiliaries have the virtue of bravery, and workers have the virtue of moderation. Hence, a harmonious city. Thus, the three parts of the city correspond to the parts of the soul the rational, spirited and appetitive part. Aristotle gives credence to the concept that all arts aim at some good even if desired for the sake of something else. There is an ultimate result that we want for its own sake rather as means to an end; the highest good....   [tags: Ethics, Virtue, Plato, Nicomachean Ethics]

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Ethics : Moral Principles That Govern A Person 's Behavior

- Virtue Ethics When a person is virtuous he or she cares about both the action and the consequences of the action. Ethics are moral principles that govern a person’s behaviors. Virtuous ethics are common in this day in age, every day you hear a mom tell their child to be kind, to share, and tell the truth. Virtuous ethics are the ones that all children grow up with, schools give out awards for their students who show these character traits. These traits are supposed to be the basics of being as good person....   [tags: Virtue, Ethics, Virtue ethics, Decision making]

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What is the Best Way To Live Your Life?

- In Nichomachean Ethics Aristotle explores the most important question that we humans can ask; what is the best way of living our lives. Throughout this book he establishes logical arguments and supports them to attempt to prove that happiness is the ultimate goal in life and that everything we do pursues it. He begins his argument by stating that everything that we do in everyday life we do because we believe that it is fundamentally good. Aristotle makes the observation that while we pursue that which is good, the way that we pursue it differs greatly....   [tags: Philosophy, informative, expository]

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The Story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

- Maintaining Virtues In day-to-day life, people face a vast array of decisions. Some of these decisions are transient, such as what clothes to wear. Other decisions we make may have lasting impacts not only to the person making the decision, but others that surround that person. An example would be drinking and driving. Moral code often dictates what you should do in situations, but it is up to each individual to live up to that moral code and choose to make virtuous decisions. As I face the challenge of leading a virtuous life, I am drawn back to the time of Sir Arthur and the Round Table....   [tags: moral code, private Ryan]

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Aristotle And Aristotle : Ancient And Medieval Thinkers

- ... Aristotle said that the key to human life and the key to happiness is the practice of virtue and if we practice virtue, we are automatically doing what is right. Virtue does not necessarily means being honest and open all the time, but knowing when to do those things. According to Aristotle, there are two parts to virtue, intellectual and moral. Intellectual virtue is achieved primarily by learning, so it requires time and experience. Moral virtue comes as a result of habit . Aristotle felt that we are what we do but excellence is not just about following rules He took on board the idea that we as human beings have to develop our personalities and it is not enough to just follow rules, w...   [tags: Virtue, Ethics, Prudence, Morality]

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Aristotle And Hume 's Views On Morality

- ... Children cannot be considered virtuous to Aristotle because to be virtuous, one must be aware of their qualities and good habits. Virtue to Aristotle is partly intellectual and partly moral, meaning that some virtuous traits are taught to us and some are learned through experience. To be considered good, one must simply do the right thing, but really, doing the right thing is not that simple, it’s nearly impossible. In better words, Aristotle states “to experience these emotions at the right times and on the right occasions and towards the right persons and for the right causes and in the right manner is the mean or supreme good, which is characteristic of virtue” ....   [tags: Ethics, Virtue, Morality, Human]

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Aristotle and Friendship

- I We know that Aristotle thinks that (a) the good life consists in excellent, distinctively human activity, (b) such activity involves character and an ideal of what is noble and worth doing for its own sake, and (c) that this activity is (deeply) enjoyable and satisfying because in so acting, the virtuous person is doing just what she wants to be doing. II In Books VIII and IX, Aristotle discusses the role of friendship in the good life. From what has been said so far, it is clear that he must think there is an intimate link between friendship and virtuous activity....   [tags: Philosophy, Aristotle 2014]

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When Souls Intertwine

- When Souls Intertwine “The man who is to be happy will therefore need virtuous friends” (Aristotle 4). Aristotle is saying that in order for someone to be happy you must have not only friends, but virtuous friends. Virtuous friends are your true friends. What is true friendship. How do you know when someone is not only your friend, but your true friend. Some may say that a true friend is loyal, honest, and cares for you, someone who would die for you....   [tags: Papers]

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Kant And Aristotle 's Views On Moral Virtue

- ... This may be connected with riches and power, both of which are not related to having a good will. Kant believes that those who have a good will are worthy of happiness, but happiness is not guaranteed. These Kantian views of how inclination is irrelevant to desire can be applied to the three cases. For the first case, Kant says that the happy philanthropist shows no moral worth. This is because the philanthropist is only donating for their social reputation and inclination instead of because they believe it’s their duty or calling in life....   [tags: Ethics, Morality, Logic, Virtue]

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Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics

- Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics explores the idea of an ethical framework based on virtues, deliberation, and choice. The key to being virtuous is to strike a balance between the extremes on either side of a virtue. Arriving at what constitutes as a virtuous balance is achieved through the process of deliberation and then action. Sartre and the existentialists say that existence precedes essence; the good starts from human subjectivity rather than from known virtues. Through a person’s choices, they determine what is good....   [tags: framework based on choice, virtues, deliberation]

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The Flaw in an Impersonal Relationship

- Much of the knowledge pertaining to virtue is the resulting work of Stoics, such as Plato, Aristotle, and Marcus Aurelius. Stoicism can be referred to as the foundation of Christianity however, the lack of a personal relationship with “The One” or God prevents Stoics' souls from reaching their great potential. Principally, Stoics fundamentally believed that “every event that occurs in the cosmos, from the most important to the most trivial, was fated to occur, and determined to occur” (Brennan, 235)....   [tags: Philosophy, Stoic]

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Poverty Is Morally Right Or Wrong?

- ... Singer also states that how we much we give, what we give, and how we use our money expresses our values. So if most people value the end of suffering it does not make sense that the way we use our money is not consistent with our ideals. However, John Arthur from World Hunger and Moral Obligation: The Case against Singer believes that our moral rights outweigh our duty to help. The two types of rights are negative and positive which require noninterference while the other creates duties, respectively....   [tags: Morality, Ethics, Value, Virtue]

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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]

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Aristotle Reading Commentary

- The readings for the Aristotle were a little confusing. Hopefully I got it. He resembles good as being related to happiness. The final good is achievable in both complete and self-sufficient. He goes on to talk about the human action. He tells the readers that human beings and animals have completely different action because a human action (omit) is one that is done on purpose and for a definite goal although technically saying animals have these actions as well but they are missing the use of reason and intelligence....   [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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I Am A. 1.virtue Ethics Is The Most Important Concept I Learned

- ... Being a virtuous manager or person will lead to human flourishing, which translates to eudaimonia. If I am a generous, trusting and loyal employee, manager and coworker in my company, it is more likely that I will have a more successful life. Living the golden mean, which is being loyal, is the key for a eudaimonia. The more I embrace having a good character, the more I will flourish. For example, we are like plants, the more water and sun we get; we will flourish more and better than other plants....   [tags: Ethics, Virtue, Aristotle, Education]

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Plato, Aristotle and the Stoics on How to Live One's Life

- In the history of early philosophy, there were 3 prominent views on how to live one's life. These were presented by Plato, Aristotle, and the Stoics. Plato, presenting the most simple of the three, believed that one should direct their life towards virtue, morality, and harmony of the soul. Explaining himself in his work Gorgias, Plato has Socrates and Polus talking to each other about the relation between happiness and wrong doing. Polus answers yes, happiness and wrong doing go together. Furthering his answer, Polus describes how a happy man is a powerful man....   [tags: history of early philosphy]

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John Stewart Mill 's Utilitarianism And Aristotle 's Supreme Good

- ... In Mill’s utilitarian philosophy, the importance of maintaining the greater good is based on the individual’s ability to develop a proportional understanding of “happiness.” This form of “happiness” is not based on a pleasure principle,. But on the self-sacrifice of the individual in order to maintain the stability and goodness of the society for all. This form of “individuality” must adhere to virtuous behaviors that take into account the needs of the greater good, which can be adapted to the individual’s own understanding of happiness....   [tags: Utilitarianism, Ethics, Hedonism, Virtue]

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Being A Good Person, Compassionate And Loving Person

- ... Those who continue to be a part of such a cruel industry exhibit behaviour that is not virtuous, their behaviour is morally wrong regardless of whether or not the cosmetics are safe for human use. The lives of all creatures, great and small, have value and are worthy of respect. A moral act is right if founded on a morally virtuous character and wrong if it stems from a corrupt, depraved or vicious character. The moral actions and decisions one makes should hold for everyone, everywhere, for all time and in this case, should be carried out to animals as well....   [tags: Ethics, Virtue, Morality, Animal testing]

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Aristotle and the Book of Nicomanchean Ethics

- Aristotle and the Book of Nicomanchean Ethics In Book I of Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle states that the ultimate human goal or end is happiness. Aristotle then describes steps required for humans to obtain the ultimate happiness. He also states that activity is an important requirement of happiness. A virtuous person takes pleasure in doing virtuous things. He then goes on to say that living a life of virtue is something pleasurable in itself. The role of virtue to Aristotle is an important one, with out it, it seems humans cannot obtain happiness....   [tags: ancient Greek phylosophy]

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Aristotle and the Book of Nicomanchean Ethics

- Aristotle and the Book of Nicomanchean Ethics In Book I of Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle states that the ultimate human goal or end is happiness. Aristotle then describes steps required for humans to obtain the ultimate happiness. He also states that activity is an important requirement of happiness. A virtuous person takes pleasure in doing virtuous things. He then goes on to say that living a life of virtue is something pleasurable in itself. The role of virtue to Aristotle is an important one, with out it, it seems humans cannot obtain happiness....   [tags: human goal, happiness]

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Virtue Ethics : Virtue And Moral Decisions

- ... People who practice their virtues improve their skills and therefore becoming happier. According to Aristotle the person who struggles to acquire virtues is in the long run a better person and is much happier as they feel that they deserve that happiness as they have worked very hard for it. By continuously practicing their virtues people will soon be acting in the right way. Aristotle says that virtues are something that we acquire and are not just born with; people are not intrinsically good or bad, but become good or bad according to their habits they develop throughout their lives....   [tags: Morality, Ethics, Virtue, Moral relativism]

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The Lakota Way : Stories And Lessons

- ... Because of love, No Moccasins chose to remain silent about how she saved her husband Three Horns from his captives for most of her life until her husband proudly tells the story on his deathbed with the entire village gathered around him. (7-8). No Moccasin’s humility came as an act of love for her husband in her quest to uphold his honor. When a person loves another, he attains respect for the one he loves. For this reason, in “the Story of the Deer Woman”, The man manifests his love and respect for his grandmother and his family by staying away from the Deer Woman in his encounter with her in the woods (37-43)....   [tags: Virtue, Ethics, Prudence, Positive psychology]

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Tension Between the West and Islam

- The tension between the West and Islam has become a hot topic lately but the conflict between the two has always been there, and is illustrate through the works of Al-Farabi, Nilufar Gole, and Sayyid Qutb. Each author has a different perspective on modernization and the west. The significance of these three authors, whose works span over a period of 1,000 years, is that their work reveals the enduringly complex relationship that Islam and the West have had. Even though, Al-Farabi doesn’t specifically address the tension between Islam and the west his theories are compatible with several of their secular ideals; many of which coincide with the Greek philosopher, Plato....   [tags: Islam]

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The Flaw in an Impersonal Relationship

- Much of the knowledge pertaining to virtue is the resulting work of Stoics, such as Plato, Aristotle, and Marcus Aurelius. This knowledge is the foundation of Christianity's desire for virtue and immortality, but its pagan origin prevents this wisdom from reaching its full potential. Before an analysis of the relationship between Christianity and Stoicism can occur, an understanding of the fundamental values of Stoicism is necessary. Principally, Stoics believed that “every event that occurs in the cosmos- from the most important to the most trivial- was fated to occur, and determined to occur” (Brennan, 235)....   [tags: Philosophy ]

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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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Aristotelian and Epictetus: On External Things

- In the world there are two distinct types of things. There are things that exist external to us, such as one's reputation or a relationship. We do not have direct control over these things since they exist outside of us. Then there are internal things that we do have control over, like out desires, or things we dislike. The internal things can be controlled, while the external can be harder to control. Some philosophers even believe that the external things cannot be controlled, and attempting to control them will just bring unhappiness....   [tags: philosophical analysis]

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Virtue Is A State Of Character

- ... Furthermore, Aristotle argues that there are two kinds of virtues, the intellectual virtue and the moral virtue. The intellectual virtue is developed by learning it requires experience and time. The person that has the intellect virtue must be a lifelong learner and it must possess a reasonably broad base of practical and theoretical knowledge. “Being a lifelong learner also requires being curious and inquisitive. It requires a firm and powerful commitment to learning. It demands attentiveness and reflectiveness....   [tags: Virtue, Ethics, Nicomachean Ethics, Virtue ethics]

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Divine Comedy – Pagans in Paradise

- Divine Comedy – Pagans in Paradise In the beginning when God created humanity, it was said that He created all humans in His image of goodness (Genesis 1:27). Dante then adds in his Divine Comedy that God has instilled a certain predetermined capacity of goodness in each human being as He wills, which should be utilized fully during life (Paradise 3:84). It would then be assumed, in Dantean thought, that all humans have the choice to live fully to this capacity and assume a place in heaven upon death, to fail to utilize this capacity and suffer in Hell for eternity, or to sin and seek repentance at some point in their lives, allowing them to enter Purgatory....   [tags: Divine Comedy]

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Plato has Stronger Reasoning than Aristotle

- Plato and Aristotle Nearly all humans have the goal to live a virtuous and happy life. Two of the world most acknowledged philosophers, Plato and Aristotle, had their own views on this central issue. Plato supported the understanding view; he believed understanding is the key to living a virtuous life. Aristotle supported the habit and action view; he believed that individuals become virtuous by continuous moral actions. By and large both philosophers have a good standpoint; but in my judgment one has a stronger line of reasoning....   [tags: Philosophy Virtue Moral Ethic ]

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Foundations of a Just Society

- "In justice every virtue is summed up" (Aristotle 114). Upon the founding of a community, leaders often want to reach an ideal just society. In order to reach this state of justice, they set forth principles to guide and shape the newly-founded civilization. Unfortunately, the correct values are frequently either misused or not put into practice. This can lead to a decline in a community, where the people never reach a point of true justice. Therefore, a just society must have its foundations in solid beliefs....   [tags: laws, regulations, gospel, jesus]

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Right from Wrong in Literature

- All throughout history and literature, many people fight for what they believe in, but it does not always mean that it is for a good cause. Knowing right from wrong is crucial when it comes to people within a virtuous society, because it gives them a sense of justice. The people of a society must first know what is right and what is wrong before being able to act upon a situation, assuming that they will do it in a fair and just manner. Once having acquired a virtuous state of mind, these people know that it would be morally just to help those in need, and to help them, it often requires a degree of fortitude....   [tags: morality, Utopia, Beowolf]

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The Media And Its Responsibility

- Matasha L. Weaver The Media and Its Responsibility SOC120: Introduction to Ethics & Social Responsibility Instructor: Benjamin Wright October 27, 2014 The media plays a daily role in our lives. It can be seen or heard, even when we are unaware. It is literally a medium for communication for the whole world. The media has the weight of the world on its shoulders and because of this, has a responsibility to deliver ethical and accurate information to the public. This paper will demonstrate what media is, the responsibility of the media to the public, and will explore the ethical theories and alternative perspectives that can be applied to media and its social responsibility....   [tags: Ethics, Virtue ethics, Morality, Virtue]

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John Stuart Mill And Aristotle

- ... Both of these theories are ideal and would create a great society; however, neither one would function in todays society. In Aristotle’s utopia, everyone would be happy and virtuous. This is a popular moral opinion, but would not work for some people, simply for the reason being there are people that find happiness in activities that are not virtuous. For example, if there was a person who found happiness out of stealing, or another immoral action similar, they would not be following Aristotle’s goal....   [tags: Ethics, Morality, Virtue ethics, Utilitarianism]

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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]

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How Aristotle Thought that the Life of Moral Virtue Is Part of the Best Human Life and How He Is Wrong in His Account

- This paper will demonstrate how Aristotle thought that the life of moral virtue is part of the best human life and how he is incorrect in his account. I will do so by, first outlining what Aristotle defines as the life of moral virtue, next I will describe what he thinks to be the best human life, then I will prove how Aristotle does think that the life of moral virtue fits with the best human life and I will conclude by establishing why Aristotle's premise is incorrect. Aristotle's theory of moral virtue is that one's main purpose in life is to reach eudaimonia, the state of being happy....   [tags: philosophical analysis]

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Protagoras' Answer to How Virtue Can be Taught by a Story About the Creation of Animals by the Gods

- ... Further, Zeus orders a law regulating social behavior: those who do not conform to social norms are to be killed. Certain types of skills (those relating to basic livelihood) are therefore possessed only by some, but the civic virtues (politike arete) are possessed by all. The Athenian political system, Protagoras concludes, is based on the recognition of just this fact. Having reached this position, Protagoras continues on the subject of punitive justice: to punish a wrongdoer for a past deed is illogical, for the punishment cannot undo the crime....   [tags: species, justice, philisophy]

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The On The Terms Of Goods And How Glaucon 's Definition Of Virtue Places It At The Lowest Category

- ... The account of justice that Glaucon describes is as a sort of social contract that people enter into. He explains that since the suffering experienced when someone acts unjustly exceeds the benefit that the one acting unjustly receives, they agree that neither will act unjustly. As a result, “people love [justice], not because it is a good thing, but because they are too weak to do injustice with impunity (Plato 359).” It naturally follows that if one had the power to do injustice with impunity, that person would not enter into the social contract....   [tags: Virtue, Ethics, Plato, Meaning of life]

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Aristotle's versus Kant's Categories of the Temperate, the Continent, the Incontinent, the Vicious and the Bestial

- Describe Aristotle's categories of the temperate, the continent, the incontinent, the vicious and the bestial. Compare Aristotle's and Kant's evaluations of these kinds of people. Which of these people are morally better and which worse than the others. Aristotle’s psychological types, as described in “Nichomachean Ethics,” are a categorization of different internal moral characters. These categories are a comprehensive attempt - for ancient philosophy - at identifying which internal psychologies manifest virtuous or morally bad behaviour....   [tags: psychological types, morality]

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The Road Of Trials Of William Shakespeare 's Lord Of The Flies

- ... When he confronted the green knight, the proof of his weaknesses and strengths are revealed. Although he is virtuous, courteous and courageous, he can also be cowardly. This is revealed through him keeping the green girdle a secret from Bertilak. Battles with the enemies that he faces on his night journey towards the castle represent the physical dragon battles that he faces. Another trial that the hero faces is the night journey. In this poem a night journey is experienced when he travels from Camelot to the castle of Bertilak and also when he travels from the castle to the green chapel. Throughout the expedition the hero may encounter a woman, otherwise known as a goddess, who gives...   [tags: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight]

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Socrates And Plato The Simple Question Of Whether Virtue Can Be Taught

- ... Meno’s mind only thinks about particular things and cannot define the general concept of virtue. He only lists different kinds of virtues that multiple people have during their lives. Socrates wants to enlighten Meno “about the utmost generality of a concept such as that of virtue, that it must be one rather than a many, as Plato in his theory of Forms would also insist” (pg.16). Socrates tries to teach Meno the correct way of thinking and change his ways by using his dialectic. The dialectic’s message is to receive knowledge about realities, like virtue, the soul needs to move to a higher level and get over the hump of thinking about content of the mind....   [tags: Virtue, Plato, Ethics, Metaphysics]

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Courage, Virtue, and the Immortality of the Soul: According to Socrates

- In the Laches and the Phaedo, courage and virtue are discussed in depth. Also, arguments for the possibility of the existence of the immorality of the soul are given in the Phaedo. In the Laches, Socrates and two generals, Nicias and Laches, wrestle with how exactly to define courage. After discussing and working their way through two definitions of courage, Nicias proposes a third definition of courage. However, this definition of courage that he proposes is actually the definition of virtue. When the dialogue comes to an end, no definition of courage has been reached....   [tags: Philosophy ]

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