Aristotle, Kant And Tangney Et Al 's Accounts Of Virtue And Emotion

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The concept of virtue is complex both in theory and in practice. Philosophers have and continue to try and define it as well as offer advice on how to live a virtuous life. Aristotle states that the virtuous person feels the right thing at the right time. Contrastingly, Kant explains that the virtuous person is in the process of self-perfection and is bound to have affects. That mirrors Tangney et al’s theory that the virtuous person is guilt-prone and guilt, as well as other moral emotions, lead to virtuous actions. In Aristotle, Kant and Tangney et al’s accounts of virtue and emotion, each takes a different stance on what a virtuous person looks like and offer techniques for developing virtuous emotions; it is Kant’s writing, which accounts for the innate flaws of humans and gives concrete instructions on how to attain virtuous emotions, that is the most beneficial. For Aristotle, the virtuous person has the right amount of the right emotions, for the right reason. He explains that the virtuous person also derives pleasure from acting virtuously. If one does not derive pleasure from acting virtuously, they are not a virtuous person. Moreover, he states that emotions are not virtues, but the degree at which you practice an emotion can make it a virtue. For example, he states that courage - a virtue - is the mean between fear and confidence. The excess of courage is rashness, as a man who is overly confident is likely to act rashly. The defect is cowardice, because the…

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