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Ashley Anderson Phil 101 Chris Hong November 1, 2007 Aristotle’s Ethical Virtues Aristotle believed that living in accordance with virtue was the key to achieving a life of fulfillment. He argued that virtue is not merely intellectual, but rather that it involves dispositions of character, habits of feeling, and action. Aristotle associates the Greek word ethos meaning ‘custom’ or ‘habit,’ with the word ‘ethical.’ Ethical excellence, just as excellence in any area of life requires constant practice. Aristotle believed it was the only way to be truly ethical. This idea is included in Aristotle’s Doctrine of Golden Mean, in which he states that courage is a disposition that lies between two extremes: the vice of excess, and the vice of deficiency. A life in which one can realize and develop their potentials to the fullest is a life Aristotle would define as good. The majority of our society enjoys going out on a Friday or Saturday night with their friends to the local bar or club. This activity gives them pleasure in being around people they
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