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24.01 Classics of Western Philosophy Prof. Rae Langton V. Kant Lecture 2 0 . Comparing Kant and Aristotle (1) Kant and Aristotle: actions versus character The Categorical Imperative (cast in the Formula of Universal Law) appears to be a test for the moral rightness of actions, which seems to indicate that actions are centre stage, for Kant, and that their rightness can be discovered by application of a principle. Aristotle offers no such test, and his interest is in character, including the virtues of good companionship, and aesthetic appreciation, as much as those of honesty and the rest. In so far as there is a any test for whether an action is right, it is given by asking whether a virtuous person would do it. (2) Kant and Aristotle: actions vs. emotions [Virtue] is concerned with feelings and actions, and these admit of excess, deficiency and an intermediate condition. We can be afraid, e.g., or be confident, or have appetites, or get angry, or feel pity. ...but [having these feelings] at the right times, about the right things, towards the right people, for the right end, and in the right way, is the intermediate and best condition, and this is proper to virtue.
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