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Trujillo - 1Maria TrujilloBryan MorganPhilosophy 130119 October 2014What is a Good Man?How can you tell or how do you know what a good Man is? Aristotle’s writings on Ethics can help us identify what is a good man. Every person that is seeking happiness according to Aristotle provides examples of four main characteristic qualities courage, generosity, honesty and loyalty. These qualities are not self-serving and help to guide people on the path of finding a Virtuous Soul. Having a Virtuous Soul is important because it guides you tohappiness. “For a person to become virtuous, he can't simply study what virtue is, but must actually do virtuous things.” – Aristotle (Herman). If people utilize the four qualities of Aristotlehumans can and will be a Good Man. Does doing the right thing make you a good man or does having Aristotle’s characteristic values make you a good man? According to Elizabeth Anscombe the very concepts of obligation, duty, and rightness, she says are inseparable for this self-contradictory notion. Therefore, we should stop thinking about obligation, duty, and rightness and return to Aristotle’s approach of courage, generosity, honesty and loyalty (Anscombe). Aristotle’s virtues or happiness consist of examples of the following characteristics Courage, Generosity, Honesty and Loyalty to friends and family. According to Aristotle, virtues
Trujillo - 2are midpoints between two extremes: Courage is a mean between the extremes of cowardice andfoolhardiness. It is cowardly to run away from all danger, yet it is foolhardy to risk too much. Courage helps you in making difficult decisions or choices. If you are not afraid of at least one thing in your life are you really living? Generosity falls between stinginess and extravagance. A stingy person give to little; the extravagant person gives too much. A generous person is willing to give or help others with the right amount for themselves. Honest people find other ways of attaining their goals besides lying. Honest people treat others with respect they do not manipulate them.

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