Single Idea 22557

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 2. Elements of Virtue Theory / c. Motivation for virtue]

Full Idea

The virtue of a man must be identical to that of a citizen of the best city.

Gist of Idea

Virtuous people are like the citizens of the best city


Aristotle (Politics [c.332 BCE], 1288a38)

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'Politics', ed/tr. Reeve,C.D.C. [Hackett 2017], p.82

A Reaction

Earlier he separated virtuous people from the best citizens, but here he reverses it. The interesting part is the role of the city in moulding the virtuous person.