Single Idea 2841

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

Full Idea

Men become sound and good because of three things: these are nature, habit and reason.

Gist of Idea

People become good because of nature, habit and reason


Aristotle (Politics [c.332 BCE], 1332a38)

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'Politics', ed/tr. Sinclair,T.A. /Saunders,T. [Penguin 1992], p.429

A Reaction

'Habit' is the distinctively Aristotelian idea, but the most attractive part of his account is that habit and reason should combine.