Is Character Natural or Is It Developed Through Habit?

Posted: July 25, 2013 in Raymond Vaughn

Aristotle believes that character is not natural. He believes it is developed through habit. I had to really think about this question. Aristotle has a good point if you think about it. When you come into this world you are empty. You have no idea who or what you are. We develop our character from doing things over and over like a baby learning to walk. Each time that baby walks, they keep falling down. But the baby keep’s getting back up until he or she is able to standup and walk.

As we get older we start to get into the habit of doing thing that help develop our character. You have some people that love to learn. This comes from being in the habit of getting up early for school. Aristotle says that wisdom requires virtue of character, in the sense that it cannot develop or operate unless one has been brought up in the correct habits. This is why I feel that character is unnatural.

  1. Kimberly says:

    Hi Raymond! What habits do you think are relevant to learn for wisdom or even just being a good student?

  2. Liam says:

    Thanks for your contribution, Raymound (and sorry I am so late to reply; life happened). Your example made me think: you say that love of learning comes from the habit of getting up in time for school. But why would somebody go through the hassle of getting up early if they do not love learning?

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