Single Idea 2690

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 2. Elements of Virtue Theory / d. Teaching virtue]

Full Idea

A sort of training in virtue may result from associating with good people.

Gist of Idea

Associating with good people can be a training in virtue


Aristotle (Nichomachean Ethics [c.334 BCE], 1170a12)

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'Ethics (Nicomachean)', ed/tr. ThomsonJ A K/TredennickH [Penguin 1976], p.305

A Reaction

Aristotle doesn't say much about role models, but they strike me as basic to moral education. Good habits are largely acquired by copying. Teach the young to admire the right people. Not media celebrities!