Single Idea 44

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

Full Idea

We become just by performing just acts, temperate by performing temperate ones, brave by performing brave ones.

Gist of Idea

We acquire virtues by habitually performing good deeds


Aristotle (Nichomachean Ethics [c.334 BCE], 1103b01)

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'Ethics (Nicomachean)', ed/tr. ThomsonJ A K/TredennickH [Penguin 1976], p.91

A Reaction

This is the circularity which is sometimes criticised, but seems to be benign. When two good things reinforce one another, that is not a vicious circle.