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The good man and the good citizen are not one and the same What can be said about one cannot be necessarily said about the other It is essential for the good man to be a good citizen It is not though vital for the good citizen to be a good man This distinction is important to make because it helps one understand that the qualities a good man possesses far supersede those of a good citizen A good citizen does what is best for the community his city As long as he is no harm to his surroundings and cares for the improvement and betterment of his city he is a good citizen Who a person is doesnt greatly affect what kind of citizen he will be What if a man is a secret murderer If we were to say that he only kills people outside of his city would he be affecting the city in any way If he was a great politician and lived this secret life as well would he still be a great citizen The answer is yes This is because the good citizen doesnt have to care about others He can allow his desires to overpower his calculating He doesnt have to have a well-ordered soul In other words he doesnt have to be a good man Aristotle chooses to search for the difference between the good man and the good citizen by examining and analyzing their virtues He concludes that Hence the virtue of a citizen must be suited to his constitution Consequently if indeed there are several kinds of constitution it is clear that there cannot be a single virtue that is the virtue-of a good citizen But the good man we say does express a single virtue the complete one Evidently then it is possible for someone to be a good citizen without having acquired the virtue expressed by a good man 1276b What
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