Moral Saints : A Moral Hero Essay

1536 Words Dec 10th, 2015 7 Pages
Moral saints can be compared to angels living on earth. Unfortunately, not everyone can be saints. In this essay, I agree with Wolf in saying that it is impossible to strive to be a moral saint. Everyone has different lives that demand different levels of morality from them. Wolf and Aristotle will support this thesis, while Kant and Mill will be offer the counter arguments.
Our own conception of a moral saint is someone who acts selflessly for the good of the society. They sacrifice their own happiness for the good of others. This conception is why Wolf believes that we should not strive to be a moral saint. For a moral saint, there is only a single goal at the peak of the mountain. A moral saint believes they will find happiness once they have finished their duty to others. The necessary condition for moral sainthood is that one’s like should be dominated by improving the welfare of others or of society as a whole, like Mahatma Gandhi or Mother Theresa (Wolf, Moral Saints, 420). Wolf counteracts this argument explaining that there is not just a single goal, but there are all types of goals that are equally valuable.
Aristotle’s concept of Eudaimonia supports Wolf’s argument. Eudaimonia in Greek means happiness. Happiness is different according to people of quality and ordinary people (Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, 97). For Aristotle, the highest goal of human life is to have Eudaimonia. One reaches a point of Eudaimonia when they achieve excellence or reason. There are…

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