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From Vice to Virtue For Aristotle, when a habitual act is done in accordance with the mean, that act is virtuous. On the contrary, when a habitual act is done in opposition to the mean, or on the extremes of the mean, that act is wicked. What distinguishes a vice from a virtue is either the deficiency or excess of the mean. For example the vice gluttony is the excess of the mean eating standard; likewise, the vice anorexia is the deficiency of this mean. Success in transforming one’s actions from vicious to virtuous is dependent upon how easily one can stabilize the ethical balance scale. There are varying degrees of deficiency and excess. The further a person strays from the mean in either direction, the more difficult the transformation from vicious to virtuous will be. Aristotle gives a model for how someone who is currently vicious can become virtuous. The example of a person’s transformation from the vice of selfishness to the virtue of selflessness will clarify Aristotle’s model. Bob is a twenty-five year old man who has become increasingly more selfish over the past five years of his life. He cares only about himself. He never repays favors and hoards his money, sharing it with neither friends nor family members. It would seem
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This note was uploaded on 05/07/2008 for the course ETHICS 1050 taught by Professor Sd during the Spring '08 term at Villanova.

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