Single Idea 51

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

Full Idea

The importance of having been trained in some way from infancy to feel joy and grief at the right things; true education is precisely this.

Gist of Idea

True education is training from infancy to have correct feelings


Aristotle (Nichomachean Ethics [c.334 BCE], 1104b14)

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'Ethics (Nicomachean)', ed/tr. ThomsonJ A K/TredennickH [Penguin 1976], p.95

A Reaction

I love this. I suspect the majority of parents neglect this, and allow children to indulge in feelings (both pro and anti) which will diminish them in later life.