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Aristotles Theory of virtues Virtues according to Aristotle are those strengths of character that promote eudomania human flourishing A good action is a product of these virtues A person is virtuous in so far as he acts with the goal of human flourishing in view Aristotles theory revolves around character rather than around the actions themselves For Aristotle Virtue is something practiced and thereby learned - it is habit hexis which causes a person to choose the action that leads to flourishing in a given situation This has clear implications for moral education for Aristotle obviously thinks that you can teach people to be virtuous To begin with our parents and teachers encourage us to be moral but after some time we become a more or less instinctive moral people because doing the right thing has become second nature Everything is heading towards its own unique goal Just as a knife fulfils its purpose by cutting well human beings are fulfilled and happy when theyre functioning well We are already programmed with the software of moral virtues but it is up to us to realize its full potential We become moral by working at it just as we learn to play the piano by practicing Virtue Aristotle suggests involves finding the mean between the two extremes of excess and deficiency Not mediocrity but harmony and balance If we achieve this he thinks then we will be psychologically content For example as good humans we should try to be reasonably courageous but not ridiculously reckless or absurdly timid Apart from courage the other moral virtues are listed as temperance liberality magnificence magnanimity proper ambition patience truthfulness wittiness friendliness and modesty Moral virtues are connected with the desiderative and vegetative parts of the soul irrational Intellectual virtues however are connected with the scientific and calculative parts rational and are cultivated through instruction rather than through habit The five primary intellectual virtues are
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