The Good of Others

Terence Irwin

in Aristotle's First Principles

Published in print April 1990 | ISBN: 9780198242901
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597770 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 The Good of Others

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The Aristotelian virtues of character are moral virtues, concerned with the good of others. If moral virtues are eudaimonic virtues, Aristotle must show why the rational person will develop the moral virtues. A virtuous person loves herself as she really is, as a rational agent with stable character that accords primacy to practical reason in the choice of ends. Aristotle argues that correct self-love does not allow selfishness, and proper concern for others does not require self-sacrifice.

Keywords: Aristotle; moral virtues; altruism; friendship; self-love

Chapter.  8530 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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