Aristotle Theory On Virtuous Life

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The Ancient Greece philosopher Aristotle has had much influence of Western thought as we know it today. At the core of his thinking was the concept that man’s potential to lead a virtuous life is grounded in human nature. Aristotle’s contributions to philosophy in the branch of ethics explored a variety of long pondered issues, including the function of a human being and the acquisition of virtue. The final result of his work is commonly referred to as Virtue Theory in modern philosophy. As a young woman on the brink of major life decisions (including what career to pursue and what type of life I should lead), I found Aristotle’s theory concerning virtue ethics to be both intriguing and of great use for someone in my position who is asking the very questions that Aristotle himself contemplated during his lifetime. In his Virtue Theory, Aristotle first establishes that the foundation of his theory rests upon fundamental human nature and man’s ability to reason …show more content…
In order to attain this happiness, one must lead a virtuous life. A virtuous life can be led by each human being, so long as one fulfills the natural function of the capabilities innate within all people. This natural function is the ability to reason. For Aristotle, the intellectual portion of the soul with the ability to reason best illustrate the identity of a person. A human being thus possesses a set of various virtues, or strengths. There are two types of virtues: (1) intellectual virtues and (2) moral virtues. Intellectual virtues includes knowledge that is taught to us, including scientific knowledge, artistic or technical knowledge, and practical wisdom. Moral virtues is born out of habit, including traits such as courage, generosity, honesty, and modesty. Intellectual virtues allow us to know what is admirable and just, while moral virtues allow us to act in a way that is admirable and

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