The Philosophy Of Virtual Ethics Essay

970 Words Oct 17th, 2015 4 Pages
Virtual ethics is a method that focuses on the agent, not the action. This theory doesn’t tell one how to act, rather it tells us what sort of person one should be. Developed by the Greek philosopher Aristotle, virtue ethics centers its ideals on the central theme of character. The heart of virtue ethics is the search for Eudaimonia, which is roughly translated to the words happiness or flourishing. These are the types of traits that come from a particular type of character, something within us, not from external rewards or pleasure. Patience, temperance, courage, and justice are all virtues and considered a part of a flourishing life. Without these virtues, it could be difficult to be successful, have healthy relationships, or find happiness in life. According to Aristotle, virtue is a skill we can learn, and you can learn to be virtuous by emulating other virtuous persons and developing the same skills and virtues (Aristotle). He argues that “virtue is the mean between two means”. In other words, the virtue is found among the two vices. (Standford Encyclopedia of Philosophy). I believe virtue ethics to be the most practical theory because it is the most realistic and the most holistic of all philosophical theories.
The notion that virtue is a skill that we learn and develop distinguishes it as being the most realistic of all theories. A person without knowledge of morals doesn’t inherit the ability to be good or evil, but yet gains virtue by following the examples of…

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