Aristotle’s Moral Virtue

Posted: July 25, 2013 in Ismael Cedeno

After reading Aristotle’s “Moral Virtue” I have to agree with him stating “Character is developed through habit and is unnatural.” An individual is not born with developed character; character is developed through what a person is taught and the individual following through with the teachings. In the Moral Virtue text he informs readers moral virtue does not arise in us by nature. This is understandable to me due to events in my life that led me to practice different habits to better my life. Let’s look at athletes for example; they are not born to play sports. Athletes develop the skills needed in order to play the sport of their choice. So it is with humans we are not born good we become good through practice.

  1. Liam says:

    Thanks for your contribution, Ismael (and sorry I am so late to reply; life happened). I agree with everything you say here. I just want to note, you often hear people say that athletes (and black athletes especially) are born with certain skills which make them naturally better. I think this is completely ridiculous (and often just plain racism, where certain people don’t want to admit that black folk have worked hard to achieve something and outcompete others). So I think that was a particularly good example.

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