6/16/12

Aristotle bases his ethics on character and virtue rather than will

Aristotle set the stage for ethics discussion 
But Aristotle bases his ethics on
 character and virtue rather than will 
Now Western thought has a "value system" 
based not on will but on honor 
Aristotle's overarching virtue

Values and will are one 
Values create history and culture 
Values transcend character 
Values transcend virtue 
Values are the desires of the heart
 Jesus understands all of this 
Aristotle appears not to

Only the will is capable of desire
 Values are desires 
They are not characteristics
 They are motivations
. Their power is realized 
as they become conscious and operative

All of us operate on values 
that represent what we most honor
 what we give the most credence to
what moves us.

Search the terms value and virtue 
in the text of Aristotle's "Ethics" 
You will find virtue and character 
For Aristotle value is merely a word 
denoting relative advantage in relationships



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