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Student’s Name Course Title Name of Professor Date of Submission Aristotelian Ethics: Emotion and Moral Virtue Moral theorists have long debated the issue of moral virtue. Democritus argued for the subjectivist concept of moral virtue that Epicurus was to adopt and transform into a broader model of philosophical self-indulgence.
The debate on emotion and moral virtue reveals how an individual sees the essence of emotion and its connection to reason has major influence on an individual’s understanding of virtue. It will partly influence how a person appreciates virtue and the steps one will create to attain it. Intellectualists will pursue virtue through actions based on reason, trying to develop the emotions by gaining knowledge and rectifying incorrect beliefs, specifically through techniques such as the Socratic Method or the Stoics’ cognitive therapy. Those who believe that emotion is a psychological ability separate from reason will view the quest for and ownership of knowledge to be inadequate to influence an individual’s actions (Broadie 394-395). Emotions entail their own form of training through techniques able to affect them. These techniques should include more than the rectification of incorrect beliefs and the quest for rational understanding. Aristotle is on the side of virtue ethicists. Aristotle argues that moral virtue is about right emotion and right action. The moral individual is generally situated in the middle as regards both. ...
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