Single Idea 58

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 1. Virtue Theory / a. Nature of virtue]

Full Idea

If virtues are neither feelings nor faculties, it remains that they are dispositions.


'Virtue' here is the Greek word 'areté', which also translates as 'excellence'

Gist of Idea

If virtues are not feelings or faculties, then they must be dispositions


Aristotle (Nichomachean Ethics [c.334 BCE], 1106a10)

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'Ethics (Nicomachean)', ed/tr. ThomsonJ A K/TredennickH [Penguin 1976], p.99

A Reaction

Makng virtues into dispositions connects his moral theory to his accounts of potentialities and powers in his physics.