Passion and the Two Sides of Virtue

in Confronting Aristotle's Ethics

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780226283982
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226284019 | DOI:
Passion and the Two Sides of Virtue

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This chapter shows that virtue, the good condition of the soul, is the power to perform for their own sake virtuous actions, which have the right relation to both internal and external goods. We always deliberate about what to do. But figuring out what to do puts our souls in the best shape. The rationality of deliberating about what to do explicates how rationally to persuade the passions, and so it is the rationality of practical deliberation that defines the right amount of the passions.

Keywords: soul; good; virtuous actions; rationality; practical deliberations

Chapter.  12614 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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