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thinking
and
reasoning)

 virtues
of
character
–
excellence
in
having
your
desires
and
feelings
influenced
and
guided
 by
thinking
and
reasoning
is
another
type
of
virtue
,
ie
desires
and
feelings
being
 appropriately
guided
by
reason
(book
2)

 
 What
about
physical
excellence?
It
requires
a
proper
balance
or
realism
and
idealism
in
 training
plans,
determination,
etc
.
This
does
require
a
measure
of
thinking
and
rationality,
 especially
in
combat/battle.
This
does
not
really
come
into
the
scope
of
Aristotle’s
analysis.

 
 B.1.
 Virtue
and
Character
 Because
happiness
involves
virtue,
we
find
the
need
to
acquire
virtues
 If
we
don’t
attain
any
excellence
in
an
activity
that
requires
thinking
and
reasoning,
we
will
 not
attain
virtue.
The

 How
do
we
become
excellent/
attain
virtues
of
character?
Practice,
practice,
practice
 Experience,
not
just
book
learning,
will
bring
us
closer
to
attaining
these
virtues

 Aristotle
likens
it
to
acquiring
competence
in
a
craft.
(ie
piano
playing)
 How
do
you
learn
to
be
brave
or
just?
By
doing
brave
or
just
actions
 we
must
become
habituated
with
performing
the
actions
that
the
virtue
calls
for
–
not
just
 any
kind
of
action,
the
correct
actions
 We
need
to
be
trained
(by
someone
else)
to
do
the
correct
action
(this
strongly
relates
to
 the
social
nature
of
humans)

 Doing
the
correct
steps
is
important
in
attaining
this
virtue

 So,
step
one...
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This note was uploaded on 12/27/2013 for the course PHIL 230 taught by Professor Stroud during the Fall '07 term at McGill.

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