Single Idea 2846

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

Full Idea

We must regard music as a stimulus to virtue, capable of making a certain kind of character (just as gymnastic training produces a body of a certain type).

Gist of Idea

Music can mould the character to be virtuous (just as gymnastics trains the body)

Source

Aristotle (Politics [c.332 BCE], 1339a20)

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'The Politics', ed/tr. Sinclair,T.A. /Saunders,T. [Penguin 1992], p.462