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Right and Wrong – Aristotle - An act is right if it is something a virtuous person would tend to do - Circular? o Moderns: A virtuous person is one who tends to do the right thing o Aristotle: That’s not enough. A virtuous person tends to do the right thing as virtuous people do them Does it for the right reason o A good person consistently does the right thing at the right time, in the right way, and for the right reason Virtuous people do the right thing for the right reason: because it’s the right thing to do. Some people do the right thing for the wrong reason o Ex. Turn in something to get a reward, donate to charity for tax break, obeying the speed limit because you’re afraid to get cause making these things non virtuous - Virtue as a Mean (finding the perfect proportion) o Virtues are means between extremes o Virtues constrain desires o But we may constrain too little or too much Ex. A desire for materials but you have to constrain those materials just the right amount You can do something too much. . or too little Ex. Being too generous, being too courageous, o We must give in to desire in the right circumstances, in the right way, for
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