Aristotle 's Views On Morality And Ethics Essay

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Aristotle is one of the most well known Greek philosophers who laid most of the groundwork for western philosophy along with Socrates and Plato. He was born in Stagira, Greece around 384 BC. He shared his work throughout his entire life in Athens and at the school he opened called The Lyceum. Aristotle is also known to have tutored Alexander the Great. His work varied from topics such as biology, logic and mainly ethics. Aristotle died in 322 BC but his legacy carries on because of the relevance his works still holds today. Although his work was written over 2,000 years ago, it continues to provide significant insight to human behavior and ethics. Aristotle based a lot of his work on the virtue of character. A virtue is defined as a behavior showing high moral standards. Some examples include: honesty, compassion, generosity and integrity. Aristotle argued that moral virtue requires moral action in any kind of social environment. He also claimed that virtuous acts require a conscious choice; everyone is responsible for their moral actions. According to Nicomachean Ethics, written by Aristotle, there are two types of virtue: virtue of thought and virtue of character. “Virtue of thought arises and grows mostly from teaching, and hence needs experience and time. Virtue of character results from habit; hence its name ethical (Lucas 191).”
Aristotle argued that virtue is not something we are born with or that arises naturally, but instead arises from habit. In his famous work…

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