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Single Idea 5225

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

Full Idea

The end of virtue is what is right and honourable ('kalon').

Gist of Idea

The end of virtue is what is right and honourable or fine

Source

Aristotle (Nichomachean Ethics [c.334 BCE], 1115b14)

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'Ethics (Nicomachean)', ed/tr. ThomsonJ A K/TredennickH [Penguin 1976], p.128


A Reaction

This wretched word 'kalon' (fine/beautiful/honourable) is at the heart of Aristotle's account, but many people think it is 'fine' for your family to avenge a murder, or to fearlessly commit a dangerous crime, or to be brazenly rude.