Aristotle towards Confucius Paper

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Aristotle towards Confucius Aristotle would agree in some aspects with Confucius’s theory that virtues ultimately depend on virtue of thought. Depending on which category of virtue in question, Aristotle would either go against or support Confucius’s claim. Action and thought, in Confucius’s eyes, are linked when dealing with virtue. To answer a question such as, “How can I become a virtuous person,” Confucius brings the idea of virtue of thought to light. According to him, “one whose mind is set on virtue will not practice wickedness.” To defend his claim, a scenario can easily be created. For example, one has a test coming up. If one sets his mind on earning whatever grade he deserves, according to Confucius he shall not cheat. As long as he knows he should not cheat and sets his mind to it, the actions will fall into play accordingly. In summary, as long as one knows in his mind what is right, he shall prevail. Aristotle, in one aspect, may react to this claim by thinking it to be stupid and incomplete. At one aspect of the theory of virtue, Aristotle believes that knowing what to do is
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This essay was uploaded on 03/19/2008 for the course PHL 301 taught by Professor Bonevac during the Fall '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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