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Sheila O'Neill

Aristotle's Virtue Theory

by Sheila O'Neill, last login 590 days ago

Aristotle's Virtue Theory is an ethical, which claims that ethics are virtues. These virtues are used as a means to an end, that being happiness. Virtues allow us to fulfil the meaning of life, referred to as the telos. Once we have fulfilled the telos we are able to reach eudaimonia, which is ultimate happiness and our ultimate goal in life. Happiness is the ultimate goal and the only thing people strive for for itself. Knowing that living in virtue will bring happiness, this motivates us to act in virtue. While it may seem as though having specific virtues would lead to conflict between them, these virtues are in fact means, which are chosen based on situations. Thus there will never be a conflict between virtues, because the virtues will fit to the situation.
philosophy ethics aristotle virtue theory eudaimonia telos
Sheila O'Neill

Sheila O'Neill

Bracebridge, ON
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About Sheila O'Neill
Recent graduate from the University of Toronto. Travel blogger. Other interests include psychology, dance and fashion.
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