Aristotle 's Views On Virtue And Emotion Essay

801 Words Sep 26th, 2015 4 Pages
Aristotle states that the virtuous person feels the right thing at the right time, however, Kant states that the virtuous person is in the process of self-perfection and is bound to have affects. That mirrors Tangey’s theory that the virtuous person is guilt-prone and guilt leads to virtuous actions. In Aristotle, Kant and Tangey’s accounts on 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 rights 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 man who lacks courage is a coward. Aristotle also acknowledges that some actions are inherently bad and gives the examples of spite, envy and shamelessness. Aristotle was of the view that you are born neither virtuous or…

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