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Philosophy 101 - Test #2 - Question #3

Philosophy 101 - Test #2 - Question #3 - Test#3 Question#4...

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Test #3 Question #4 Philippe Petit, of Man on Wire was certainly a person driven by the pursuit of virtue and self-cultivation. However, I also believe him to be somewhat “irrational” when it came to fulfilling his happiness. To delve further into this conclusion though, let us first understand how “virtue” is interpreted, and for this we will use Aristotle’s view. To begin, the Greek word for “virtue” is “arête” which, when literally translated means “excellence.” That being said, in Aristotle’s eyes, there were two kinds of virtue: intellectual and moral virtue. Intellectual virtue was something that was achieved through education and inheritance, and moral virtue was achieved through “imitation, practice, and habit” (Palmer, 82). One was virtuous if they acquired these traits, and of course, remained within the “Doctrine of the Mean” as discussed in class. For instance, the virtue, “courage” had two vice’s, or extremes: one of deficiency (cowardice), and one of excess (rash).
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