Aristotle 's Basic Definition Of Virtue Essay

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Responsibility is a virtue many try to embody and balance, but I believe it is best exemplified by my aunt, Kathy. Kathy was the oldest of nine children and when she was 21 her mother died of cancer. Her mother’s death was hard on her, but since her father had to work to support the family financially, Kathy had to take on the responsibility of essentially being a mother to nine children. Kathy had to be extremely responsible and balance college and caring for her younger siblings; making them food, making sure they were getting their schoolwork done, and being there for them emotionally.
The virtue Kathy exhibited of responsibility fits Aristotle 's basic definition of virtue. In Aristotle 's view, the end goal, eudaimonia, is human flourishing. By being responsible for her siblings and caring for them, Kathy helped ensure that her siblings would flourish, fitting Aristotle 's end goal. Aristotle also claims that the highest human good is to perform human function well, meaning performing an action well and with rationality. The action may be the task that a person is particularly good at, like Aristotle’s example of the flute player (the person) being good at playing the flute (his/her human function). Kathy’s responsibility for her siblings was performing her human function of being responsible for others. The activity could also be called rational because her responsible action would aid in her siblings development and allow them to pursue their own human functioning in…

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