Aristotle - Nicomachean Ethics

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Aristotle Nicomachean Ethics pp 220-222: Book II, Chapter 6 pp 225-230: Book VI
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Background Emphasis on character How to be a virtuous person The relationship between conduct, sustained behavior and personal qualities Character is moldable: shaped by both choice and circumstance Circumstances might predetermine some aspects of our character, yet they also test its development.
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Virtue what is it? Contemporary senses include both positive and negative connotations A good person is virtuous Maybe a good person is viewed suspiciously as a ‘goody two shoes’ Aret ē : ancient Greeks held it as a positive concept (tr: excellence or goodness) Doing something well, always in the mean Also, included other senses the excellence or value of some activity or object (exercise, knife)
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The notion is tied to fulfillment of purpose or function for persons and things it involved the actualization of potential. In contemporary parlance, perhaps it is best understood in relation to virtuosity Excellence in character is exemplified in the virtuous person: one who accomplishes their potential well and consistently.
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What are some of the ancient Greek virtues? (w/ some deficiencies and excesses) Aristotle catalogues several in NE Books III-V Courage: ( cowardice / Fear/confidence foolhardiness ) Temperance: ( hedonistic gluttony / Bodily pleasure/pain severe asceticism ) Generosity: ( miserliness / Giving/retaining $
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This note was uploaded on 04/27/2008 for the course PHIL 2100 taught by Professor Marenda during the Fall '08 term at University of West Georgia.

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