AristotleVirtueEthics

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Aristotle Virtue Ethics
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Aristotle Born in 384. From the northwestern edge of the Greek Empire in Stagira. Father was physician to King Amyntas of Macedonia.
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Two Moral Perspectives The Question of Action: What should I do? How ought I to act? The Question of Character What kind of person ought I to be? Aristotle’s concern is with the question of character
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Aristotle’s Ethics Good is that at which all things aim. The proper function or excellence of a things is its arete (virtue). The human arete or virtue is activity of the soul in accordance with virtue (over a lifetime).
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Human virtue ( Arete ) It can not be simply living and growing— trees do that as well. It can not be related to characteristics we share with animals. The quality that seems distinctively human is the use of reason. “The function of man then is activity of soul [thinking well and doing well] in accordance with reason .”
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Human virtue (arete) Humans can have two kinds of virtue: Intellectual virtues: these relate particularly to our
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This note was uploaded on 11/24/2011 for the course HUM 201 taught by Professor David during the Fall '10 term at BYU.

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