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23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 2. Elements of Virtue Theory / e. Character

[concern with good persons, rather than actions]

32 ideas
For man character is destiny [Heraclitus]
Virtue comes more from habit than character [Critias]
The way you spend your time will form your character [Antiphon]
We should ask what sort of people we want to be [Socrates]
I would rather be a victim of crime than a criminal [Plato]
A person of good character sees the truth about what is actually fine and pleasant [Aristotle]
People develop their characters through the activities they pursue [Aristotle]
When people speak of justice they mean a disposition of character to behave justly [Aristotle]
Character can be heroic, excellent, controlled, uncontrolled, bad, or brutish [Aristotle, by Urmson]
The three states of character to avoid are vice, 'akrasia' and brutishness [Aristotle]
It is very hard to change a person's character traits by argument [Aristotle]
Character virtues (such as courage) are of the non-rational part, which follows the rational part [Aristotle]
Character (éthos) is developed from habit (ethos) [Aristotle]
Character is shown by what is or is not enjoyed, and virtue chooses the mean among them [Aristotle]
We judge character not by their actions, but by their reasons for actions [Aristotle]
We value our own character, whatever it is, and we should respect the characters of others [Epicurus]
The foolish gradually fill with evil, like a slowly-filled water-jar [Anon (Dham)]
The wise gradually fill with good, like a slowly-filled water-jar [Anon (Dham)]
Character is ruined by not looking back over our pasts, since the future rests on the past [Seneca]
True greatness is never allowing events to disturb you [Seneca]
There is not much point in only becoming good near the end of your life [Montaigne]
We don't choose our characters, yet we still claim credit for the actions our characters perform [Schelling]
A man's character can be learned from a single characteristic action [Schopenhauer]
What does not kill us makes us stronger [Nietzsche]
In becoming what we want to be we create what we think man ought to be [Sartre]
It would be better to point to failings of character, than to moral wrongness of actions [Anscombe]
People can act out of vanity without being vain, or even vain about this kind of thing [Foot]
Someone is a good person because of their rational will, not their body or memory [Foot]
Maybe there is no such thing as character, and the virtues and vices said to accompany it [Harman]
If a person's two acts of timidity have different explanations, they are not one character trait [Harman]
Virtue ethics might involve judgements about the virtues of actions, rather than character [Harman]
Characters are the masks worn by moral philosophies [MacIntyre]