Aristotle 's Moral Theory Of Virtue Ethics Essay

909 Words Nov 2nd, 2016 4 Pages
Many people have high paying, corporate jobs, but a small amount of people can say they thoroughly enjoy what they do and impact society. As a result, they do not enjoy the good life. One needs to take their best attributes and apply them to create positive change to society to feel accomplished and enjoy the good life. Aristotle’s moral theory goes into detail on how one can live a good life. Through Aristotle’s virtue ethics, I will analyze the attributes I have developed at A&M and how I can apply them in my industry.
Aristotle’s moral theory of virtue ethics focuses on how an individual should live their life, what is considered a good life, and similar broad questions. Unlike other moral theories, virtue ethics do not put emphasis on what action would be considered right or wrong in a given situation. Important concepts of virtue ethics are: an arête, eudaimonia, and telos. An arête is an attribute that makes an individual excel at what they do, such as loyal, honest, responsible, etc. Eudaimonia is happiness, or the description of an individual flourishing. Last, a telos is an end goal or purpose. For most individuals, the good life is a telos that would bring eudaimonia. Virtue ethics suggest that the good life can be lived if an individual uses their virtues in order to maximize their potential.
Aristotle divides virtues in two categories: virtues of character and virtues of thought. Prudence, temperance, courage, and fairness are virtues of character, and they can…

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